The dust is starting to settle on yesterday’s at times heart-stopping clash with Monaghan and, as it does, we can reflect on the undisputed fact that we’re still in this year’s Championship. Our name is in the bowl for tomorrow morning’s draw and that was always the main objective from yesterday’s qualifier game.
Sure, the performance was a bit all over the shop at times but I was thinking back last night to 2016. That year we were similarly disjointed in a Round 4 clash with Westmeath but we then proceeded to go on a run and come within a few Maurice Deegan howlers of winning the damn thing outright.
I’m not saying we’re at 2016 levels this year but – for my own education as much as anything else – it’s worth recalling past form like that, especially when criticising performance levels in a high-pressure situation on a hot summer’s day.
Anyway, here’s what’s online about yesterday’s game.
Audio: Off The Ball (James Horan post-match).
Anyone looking for more on the match will, as our club members on Patreon already know, find it on the podcast. We had our usual ‘Final Whistle’ pod online soon after the match was over and our full match review episode will be available for club members today. If you fancy joining the club and getting access to this and other great content, you can do so here.
A quick mention for the county’s camogie team and the U17 hurlers who both lost so narrowly in their respective matches yesterday. Commiserations to both – it’s tough to come up agonisingly short in the way they did.
Finally, the MOTM poll is still open. It’s fairly clear how this one – deservedly – will go but if you haven’t yet voted you might want to have your spake there. I’ll be back later on with the poll result.