It’s football all the way this coming weekend, with three matches involving the county down for decision, all of them being played on Saturday. Two of them are crunch National League Division One fixtures against the All-Ireland champions so we’ve a fairly big day of action coming up.
Before those two matches involving tilts at the current holders of the Sam Maguire and Brendan Martin Cups respectively, the U20s are back in Leo Murphy Cup action. Their Round 2 match is against Derry (not Donegal as was reported yesterday) and it takes place at the Connacht GAA Centre of Excellence, where throw-in is 1pm on Saturday.
The U20s enjoyed a positive first start to this development league tournament yesterday when they had six point to spare over Sligo. They’ll obviously be aiming to follow that up with a victory over the young Oakleafers on Saturday, before then taking on Donegal a week later.
Next up are the women. They face a tough away assignment as they travel to Páirc Tailteann in Navan to take on reigning League and All-Ireland champions Meath. Tickets have gone on sale already for this game and the link for that is here.
This is proving a tough Division One campaign for the women. With matches against Dublin and Galway still to come, it’s not one that’s going to get any easier for them either.
What’s encouraging, though, is that although they’ve lost all three League matches they’ve played to date, they’ve all been close results and all of them could easily have gone the other way. Concession of goals has been a constant theme so far this year and, if this can be sorted, favourable results could well follow.
Then on Saturday evening, it’s the turn of the men with All-Ireland champions Kerry rolling into town to take on our lads under the lights at MacHale Park (throw-in 7.30pm). TG4 will be showing the game live but, despite this, I’d say there’s a good chance we could see a crowd of 15,000 or more at Castlebar for this one. The link for ticket purchases for the game is here.
With both counties on two League points – procured in different ways, as we’ve drawn twice while they lost one and won one – there’s an opportunity for one or other of them to push on in this Division One campaign by claiming a win on Saturday night. I wouldn’t, though, rule out another draw either. By the way, Tyrone’s Seán Hurson, who refereed last year’s All-Ireland, is the man with the whistle for this one.
There’ll be team news and more on all three of these games as we draw closer to the coming weekend.