The minors aren’t the only lads in action next Sunday at Markievicz Park, of course, as, barring a replay (which I think is most unlikely), we’ll get to find out in the match that takes place after the minor game who our opponents will be in the Connacht final on July 19th. Galway, say Paddy Power, quoting the same odds they did for us prior to the throw-in at McHale Park last Saturday. (The poll on the site here is of the same mind: it’s currently showing 91% support for a Galway victory).
Although I don’t think Galway will beat Sligo out the gate in the way that we did to the poor old Rossies (by the way, I was well impressed by the Rossies’ supporters the last day, large numbers of whom waited stoically for the final whistle before departing – some left before the end, to be sure, but the vast bulk of them were there till the bitter end), you’d have to think, Markievicz Park and Kevin Walsh notwithstanding, that they’ll have close on ten points to spare on their hosts. After all, they do have revenge for 2007 to sort out (as do we, lads, as do we).
Anyways, there is some news about Sunday’s match, in the form of the announcement last night of Sligo’s team. Here it is:
Sligo (Connacht SFC v Galway, 28/6/2009): Phillip Greene; Charlie Harrison (captain), Noel McGuire, Ross Donovan; Michael McNamara, Neil Ewing, Jonathan Davey; Tony Taylor, Eugene Mullen; Eamon O’Hara, Alan Costello, Sean Davey; David Kelly, Mark Breheny, Adrian Marren.
There’s little in the way of insightful comment that I can contribute in relation to the above line-up: the match thread on gaaboard.com is probably the best place to head to for that. The only two points I would note is that ex-Mayo player, Alan Costello, makes his championship debut for the Magpies at centre-forward. Alan, who I think last lined out for us in this league match against Cork back in 2006, has been playing for the Yeatsmen since the start of the year but this is his first championship start for them. (Who was the last Mayo inter-county player to appear for another county, by the way? Didn’t Padraig Brogan have a very brief sojourn in Donegal at some point in the Nineties?) The other point worth noting is that this team contains eight of the side that started against us in last year’s one-sided semi-final, which, I guess, is one more reason to think that the Herrin Chokers won’t face too much bother getting a result on Sunday.