Well, you’ll all no doubt have seen what you need to see by now about last night’s challenge match win over the Dubs down in Hollymount. In case you haven’t, however, there are match reports in the Mayo News, Mayo Advertiser and Hogan Stand which will provide you with all the details you need.
It was just a challenge match so licking the Dubs by eight points is not going to get anyone excited but it’s good to see the lads get back into a nice run of form again following our latest Croke Park flop, a run which should mean that we now face into the Sligo match in a good mental state. The starting line-up is beginning to firm up too, with the 2006 U21 full-back line of Howley, Cafferkey and Higgins now apparently reunited at senior level, Tom Cunniffe a definite for centre-back and plenty of options all over the place further forward. The league final was, to be sure, a huge reality check for us but the weeks since then have been productive ones and we shouldn’t be too downhearted about the state we’re in as our first championship outing approaches.
My thanks to PJ for all the updates from the ground last night, some of which I managed to relay to the wider world via Twitter. I got a veritable tsunami of texts from him over the course of the evening but I was out at a dinner at the time and so I got the first twenty or so all of a shot together. Dinner then gave way to pints and then more pints and so my idea of doing a quick piece about the match later on last night went south when yet another glass of porter was thrust into my hand well after midnight.
It’s little wonder, then, that I thought the sun was shining a tad too bright when I woke from my slumbers this morning, by which time last night’s decision to hang around for all that post-dinner porter now seemed far from bright too. And that was before the reality dawned on my that I’d shortly be heading down to Vinnie’s with the kids for the mini-leagues. Sweet Jesus and His Holy Mother – hangovers and mini-leagues just don’t go well together but a more relaxing time out in the garden this afternoon eventually restored some equilibrium to the day. The cure wouldn’t go amiss now, though…