The longest of weeks has finally snaked all the way to Saturday and so it’s the day before our All-Ireland semi-final against Dublin, with throw-in at Croke Park tomorrow scheduled for 3.30pm. Both teams have been named, tickets have been got (or not) and there’s not much time left before the match explodes into action tomorrow afternoon.
I don’t know about the rest of you but I find that, as it gets really close to the match itself, all that’s being written about it sinks in less and less. It’s like a great big wall of noise, the detail of which is lost in the sheer din, and having flicked through what’s online in the papers earlier on this morning I’m struggling to recall much of what was said about the game and how it might go.
What did lodge in my brain is that the majority of those previewing the game went for Dublin. That’s no surprise – they’re the favourites, the lads with two All-Irelands and three League titles won since 2011 while we’ve nothing at national level to show for our efforts over the same timeframe. It’s not difficult, our good semi-final record notwithstanding, to set out a coherent argument as to why they’re more likely to prevail than we are.
But, a day before the game itself, none of this matters. What’s more important now is sorting out logistical stuff about the day that lies ahead to ensure you get to HQ in one piece and in time for the action.
I’ve a bit of running around to do myself at the minute so I’ll leave it there for now. Safe travelling to all on the roads later today or in the morning. Back early tomorrow with some final thoughts about the game.
It’s still not too late to express your support in a tangible way for the lads: go to the Mayo GAA website (here) and click ‘Play Now’ to contribute to the cause via the Mayo GAA Players Training and Welfare Fund Lotto.