No inter-county action for us yesterday but Kiltane’s cracking win ensures that there’s a bit of coverage worth looking at in this morning’s papers. The Irish Independent and the Irish Examiner both have decent-sized match reports from Ballinasloe as does the Mayo Advertiser. On the subject of match reports, my thanks once again to long-standing friend of this site and proud Kiltane man, Roger Milla, who managed to keep his celebrations on ice long enough yesterday afternoon to enable him to get his match report with accompanying photos to me for inclusion on the site yesterday evening. Well done, Roger – you’ll be on duty for the final too, won’t you?
Kiltane’s big day out at HQ is on 9th February and, of course, this will mean a clash of dates as our league match with Tyrone in Healy Park takes place that same afternoon. This isn’t the first time such a conflict has occurred – the county side were also in action in Healy Park back on Valentine’s Day in February 2010 when Kiltimagh played their All-Ireland Junior final against Castlegregory at Croke Park and Davitts’ Intermediate final against Castlemaine in 2012 was on the same weekend as our fog-abandoned league match with the Dubs – and so while this is unfortunate there’s precedent for it and there’s nothing that can be done about it at this stage (though the suggestion flying around on Twitter yesterday that the league match should be re-fixed as the curtain-raiser at Croke Park sounds like a neat tongue-in-cheek solution).
There was inter-county action on in the province yesterday and fair play to Leitrim who retained their FBD crown with a 2-5 to 1-7 victory over Roscommon at Páirc Seán in Carrick. As I noted yesterday on Twitter, it’s easy (too easy – that’s the thing about Twitter, isn’t it?) to scoff at how the Ridge County have once again managed to peak in January but for a county of their size and resources it’s not an inconsiderable achievement to win back-to-back FBD titles. In doing so, they’ve beaten the whole lot of us (twice in some cases) and it’d be great to see them kick on from this win this year, in a way that they didn’t do last year.
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I did the lazy man on it yesterday, watching the O’Byrne Cup final which was live on TG4 from the comfort of my sofa. This one – an entertaining enough clash between Kildare and Meath, which was played at Newbridge – was of obvious interest to us, given that we’ll be facing the Lilywhites ourselves at the same horrible little venue next Sunday.
That jibe about peaking in spring was one that could, with a fair bit of justification, have been levelled at Kildare under its previous management but I’ve a feeling that Jason Ryan will be more interested in getting his charges well primed for the summer. The Short Grass lads had their work cut out yesterday against what is clearly an improving Meath team – it’ll be very interesting to see how Mick O’Dowd’s lads fare out in Division Two this year – and if the Royals hadn’t spurned all those goal-scoring opportunities they managed to create, the contest could easily have gone the other way. That said, I thought Kildare looked in decent enough shape yesterday and we’ll definitely need to up our performance levels a few notches if we’re to come away from St. Conleth’s Park with the spoils next Sunday.
Speaking of which, I guess it’s time for a poll on this issue. A word of caution first, though – the last two polls on here resulted in very clear majorities for a win for us against the Rossies (and we all know how that one went) and then for a Sheepstealers’ win over Leitrim yesterday (ditto). So be careful with that vote now, y’hear?
How will our NFL opener v. Kildare go?
- Lose (51%, 86 Votes)
- Win (40%, 67 Votes)
- Draw (9%, 15 Votes)
Total Voters: 168