Photo: Mayo Mick
This day three weeks is Paddy’s Day but while the countdown to the club final will continue in earnest both up here and in Castlebar in the meantime, the focus for the next three weekends switches back onto the inter-county scene.
I think it’s fair to say that our situation in Division One of the National Football League is set to be largely determined by how we fare out in the three matches down for decision over the coming three weekends. With two of these at home – and remember we’re the only county in Division One yet to play a home match in this campaign – and the other away to what’s perceived to be the weakest team in the top tier, this trio of matches represents a real chance to get our league campaign motoring. On the other hand, if we come out of these games still rooted in the relegation zone it’ll be very hard then to avoid the drop.
A tasty home tie against Kerry next Sunday – one, sadly, I’m going to have to miss due to commitments up here – is the first of the three, with a trip to Cusack Park, Mullingar, the following Sunday to face Westmeath (one I’ll definitely get to) next on the list followed by a tough home clash against Cork on the long weekend. I know there’s some talk of this one being switched to the Saturday night, due to the club final on the Monday, but I’m not sure if this has any substance or not.
We’ll start to hear news soon, I guess, about our elongated injury list for this coming weekend, which, combined with an equally significant tally of Kerry returnees, is set to make Sunday’s game a real challenge for us. We’ve done okay against Kerry in the league under James Horan – losing narrowly to them at MacHale Park following an extremely dodgy late penalty award in February 2011, drawing with them in our final round match down in Tralee in April 2012 and then beating them in extra-time in that heart-thumping semi-final the following weekend while we had an easy win over them in Castlebar last February in a match where Kerry failed to score after the break – and after our underwhelming start to this spring campaign (for both sides it must be said) it’d be a timely boost for us if we could keep this good record against the Kingdom intact.
Will we do it? Time for a quick poll to test the waters on the issue.
How will it go against Kerry?
- Yerra we'll win (76%, 147 Votes)
- Yerra they'll win (20%, 38 Votes)
- Yerra neither of us will win (4%, 8 Votes)
Total Voters: 193