The sole focus this coming weekend for most people is, understandably, the big match against Kerry in Killarney on Saturday. It’s not, though, the only game involving the county that’s on this coming weekend. Here’s your essential info on the three matches that are taking place in which Mayo are involved.
As usual, it’s the Minors who are up first. They have a huge game on Friday evening, as they take on Roscommon in the Connacht MFC semi-final, a game that throws in at Hastings Insurance MacHale Park at 7pm.
Our lads enjoyed a decisive 2-17 to 0-11 win over the young Rossies when the counties met at Dr Hyde Park in the opening round of the group stage a month ago. Both teams lived to fight another day then but this won’t be the case on Friday evening. This is because this one’s a knockout tie, with the losers’ campaign at an end while the winners will advance to the Connacht final safe in the knowledge that their place in the All-Ireland quarter-finals is also guaranteed.
Patreon club members will have heard manager Seán Deane’s call to Mayo supporters to come out in force and shout for the team on Friday evening. Having been at their last three matches myself, I can confirm that they’re a great team to follow and hopefully there’ll be a decent crowd in Castlebar on Friday evening to see them contest this all-or-nothing provincial Championship fixture.
Tickets for the game must be purchased in advance and the link for doing so online is here. The match is also being streamed live via YouTube by TG4 – the link for that is here – and because they’re doing so that way I’ll be able to embed the livestream here on the blog.
On Saturday, meanwhile, our disappointing Christy Ring Cup campaign comes to a close. Four defeats from four outings so far have meant relegation to Rackard Cup level next year but the lads have one final chance to secure something tangible from this year’s campaign when they travel to Owenbeg to take on Derry.
Throw-in at the Derry venue is 1.30pm and the link for purchasing tickets online for the game is here.
Nobody really needs any reminding about the big game on Saturday. This one takes place at Fitzgerald Stadium in Killarney where we take on Munster and defending All-Ireland champions Kerry in Round 1 of the all-new All-Ireland SFC Group Stage.
Throw-in at Fitzgerald Stadium is 3pm on Saturday. Tickets may be purchased online (here) and are also available from selected Centra and SuperValu outlets. The games is being streamed live on GAAGO and Midwest will have live radio commentary of it as well.
We’ll also have Final Whistle podcast shows from MacHale Park on Friday night and from Fitzgerald Stadium on Saturday evening, where club members will be able hear immediate post-match analysis of and reaction to the Minor and Senior games shortly after they conclude. If you’re interested in becoming a club member to get access to this and other great audio content, the link for that is here.
The best of luck to all three Mayo teams in action this coming weekend.