We’ve a huge match on this Sunday, the one everyone is focused on, but it’s not the only game involving the county that’s on this weekend. Here’s a quick run-down on all the Mayo matches taking place over the weekend to come (and a little bit beyond).
The action gets underway on Friday evening when the Mayo Masters take on a Leitrim/Longford combo in Round 4 of the Gaelic Masters Championship. This match throws in at Fr Manning Gaels GAA Club, Drumlish, Longford, at 8pm that evening.
The second game involving us this weekend will be played at Adrian Freeman Park, Tooreen, on Saturday evening. It’s there that the county’s camogie team are playing Limerick in Group 2 of the Premier Junior Championship, a game that gets underway at 5pm.
We lost heavily to Armagh in the opening round of this competition but then secured a morale-boosting draw against Offaly last time out. Saturday’s opponents beat Offaly easily but then got well beaten themselves by Armagh so the form lines aren’t enormously clear going into the match in Tooreen.
We’ve two football games on at roughly the same time on Sunday. The men’s game in Salthill is on first with the women’s LGFA match in Armagh throwing in half an hour later.
For the men, it’s an all-or-nothing, winner-on-the-day knockout Championship clash with Galway, an All-Ireland preliminary quarter-final tie between two counties who only a few days ago would have harboured realistic notions of progressing deep into this Sam Maguire campaign. One of them might still do this but all the losers will have to look forward to after Sunday will be the FBD in the Dome next January.
Sunday’s game gets underway at Pearse Stadium at 3pm. It’s being shown live by RTÉ.
Demand for tickets is, according to a piece by Mike Finnerty in the Mayo News (here), running ahead of expectations. Early thinking was that a crowd of around 15,000 might be at Salthill for this game but, you know, there’s nothing like a bit of jeopardy to stir supporters’ interest anew. Mike reports in that piece that 19,000 tickets had already been sold by this evening.
With a ground capacity of 25,000, this one could yet be a sell-out. Tickets are still on sale for the game, though it’s terrace only at this stage, and they’re available to purchase online here. If you want to buy them offline, you should still be able to get them at selected Centra and SuperValu outlets.
Up at the Athletic Grounds in Armagh, meanwhile, the Mayo women footballers open their LGFA All-Ireland SFC group stage campaign with a match against the Orchard County. This game throws in at 3.30pm on Sunday and it’s being shown live on TG4. Tickets for the game are available to purchase online here.
Armagh made a winning start against Laois in this three-team group and they’re now on the hunt for a second win that would guarantee their place in the knock-out stage. After that hugely morale-boosting win over Galway in last month’s Connacht final, though, our women are keen to advance too and will be gunning for the win in the Cathedral City.
Mike Finnerty sets the scene for Sunday’s game in the Mayo News – that’s here.
Finally, although I know that Monday doesn’t strictly count as the weekend, there’s another Mayo game on that day that’s deserving of a mention so it makes sense to include it in this list. This is the LGFA U16 A Connacht Championship final between ourselves and Galway, a game that throws in at the Connacht GAA Centre of Excellence at 7.45pm. Tickets for the game are available to purchase here.
The very best of luck to all the Mayo teams in action over the next few days.