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With all the tension that’d been building inside me for days, I should have been able to sleep last night – I should still in fact be asleep – but I can’t sleep. I’m still buzzing after yesterday and while I still can’t accept that I wasn’t there to see it all in the flesh I’m delighted that we’ve another massive game to look forward to at the end of the month.
But I am on hols so I’m not going to do the usual here-are-all-the-match-reports post this morning. This is just a quick one before braving all those hours of incessant sun that surely lie ahead once again today.
The first point I should make is in relation to Donal Vaughan. It’s now clear that I got the wrong end of the stick about his availability for the Dublin game, with yesterday’s black card not having put him into suspension territory. That’s a huge relief, I have to admit – we’ll need Donie’s experience and all his hard running against the Dubs for sure.
Second, just to confirm the match odds for the 30th with Dublin installed as 4/7 favourites for it. They’re already dissembling furiously, of course, about being put up on such a pedestal and are doing what they can to big us up but those numbers don’t lie.
Third, match tickets for what’s sure to be a sell-out fixture went on sale as early as last night so best not delay on that front. There’s no word yet on arrangements for season ticket holders (I’ll certainly be availing of the Bring a Friend option if it’s being run again to get the kids into it) but I’m sure there will be before too long.
Want to see again the Beast of Breaffy beasting and besting half of the Donegal backline? Of course you do – it’s here.
I haven’t done an update on the Facetheball prediction mini-league for a good while but you might like to know that I’m now heading the field there (just the mini-league, not the whole thing). I went for Tyrone and a big win by us (+10 was my prediction) and this has pushed me to the summit for the first time this summer. I’ll stick up the table at some point over the next few days if I get a chance.
That’s about it for now. Just so you know, I’ll be far less active on the site this coming week as I plan to chill out a bit more and let all the tension wash out of me, having spent the first week (and more) out here stoking a furiously roaring furnace. I think we can all sit back and relax, where it comes to footballing matters at least, this week and reflect on a job well done on Saturday. Soon enough, we’ll be getting back into battle mode for the next huge hurdle facing us.
Finally, don’t forget to vote in the Man of the Match poll if you haven’t yet done so. Lee’s out in front at the minute with Tom, Barry and Aidan featuring prominently there too. It’s a tough decision, I know, to make – even for a knee-jerk online ballot – as all the lads really gave it socks yesterday, including those on the line. Back tonight with the result of that one.