This is it

As diehard said in the comments last night – this is it, time for the talking to end and the action to start.  I’m heading west in a bit under two hours from now and I’m aiming to be parked up and ready for the fray well before this evening’s 5 pm throw-in time.

I’m looking forward to what the day may hold, in particular to see how well we’ve recovered from our last competitive outing, which will, in turn, provide plenty of insight into how the rest of 2010 is likely to pan out for us.  While we’re strong favourities with the bookies to win – an outlook, not surprisingly, shared by those responding to the poll here (where 87% of respondents said we’d win) – Sligo come into the game brimming with confidence and, if what I’m hearing is correct, emphatically expecting to see their lads record what would be just their fifth championship win over us eighty years.  In front of their home fans, on a roll from their good league campaign and managed by the formidable Kevin Walsh, they have every chance of doing one on us today but, providing our lads pitch up at Markievicz with the correct mindset and an application for a hard evening’s shift, we shouldn’t be lacking in confidence about our own chances either.

But, as I said at the outset, the time for words is now over (well, until after the match at least).  It’s been a long time since I was last in Markievicz Park (our 1983 Connacht championship clash, I think) and it’s been a fair while (though not anywhere as long as that) since I’ve seen Ben Bulbin’s majestic outline.  It’ll warm the heart to see it again later this afternoon and I’m hoping that our lads’ performance this evening will be one to lift the spirits too.  ‘Till afterwards, hombres.

8 thoughts on “This is it

  1. Hopefully Mayo will get the job done today. With Dillon out of the frame, it will be a bit more difficult for Mayo, but I agree with Johnno excluding A O’Shea-he did the same with C Mortimer when he wasn’t at his best, and it worked.

    I’m just wondering lads, whether I need to bring my actual Season Ticket with me? I have my print-out tickets, so is there a special stile I go to?

  2. essi you have to the printout aswell as your season ticket with you, there will be a sign over the stile that the season ticket holders go through.
    might see ya there, enjoy the day 🙂

  3. Go raibh míle maith agat Mick! Enjoy the day yourself as well, don’t forget the sun screen!!

  4. Best of luck to the team, let’s get behind them!!!!
    Ya cannot bate the championship!!!!!

  5. Can’t wait for the match – was just wondering is it on TV would like to tape game if possible. Does anyone know?

  6. Can’t wait for the match – is it being televised does anyone know? Would like to tape all the matches this year.

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