Right then, it’s just one more sleep ahead of our Connacht semi-final meeting with Galway, with the match throwing in at Castlebar’s MacHale Park at 7pm tomorrow evening. Although it’s a match taking place on an evening in high summer, this being Ireland there’s a better than even chance of a shower and so if, like me, you’re planning on heading across from the stand at MacHale Park, you might want to have your rain gear with you.
The packed sports pages all week have ensured that our local derby has been crowded out in the coverage stakes. The match has got a bit of mention in passing but far less than you’d expect for a fixture like this. That’s okay, though – as long as our lads do their talking on the pitch tomorrow evening I wouldn’t be too bothered about the lack of coverage in the lead-in to the game.
Today’s papers have some bits of interest. Those who caution against any expectations of an easy ride for us at MacHale Park won’t find any support in this Irish Examiner piece with former Galway midfielder Barry Cullinane, in which the Claregalway man bemoans how our lads have no fear of Galway teams nowadays. It’s just us oldies, then, that get residual bouts of the heebie-jeebies when we see those maroon jersies.
James Horan fans the same flames in a feature piece in The 42 where he dismisses the notion that Galway are closing the gap on us. James reckons the opposite is true and says we’ll be “much too strong” for the Tribesmen tomorrow evening. There are similar pieces with James covering much of the same ground in today’s Irish Independent (here) and on the GAA website (here).
If it’s aural entertainment you want to help while away your Friday then the Mayo News pre-match podcast should do the trick. Here it is:
That’s your lot for now. I’ve stuff on up here tomorrow morning and then have to get myself across the country in the afternoon so most likely I won’t have much more (if anything at all) to say on here ’till after the game. That chimes well, though, with the low-key build-up – there’ll be plenty to discuss after it’s over.
Safe travelling all. Up Mayo!