Tuesday’s tidbits

There’s a wall of football coming at us over the next week or so and because of this there’s a bit of stuff worth reporting on about what’s in the offing.

Starting with the seniors, this piece by Daniel Carey in the Mayo News confirms that Andy Moran didn’t make the bench last Sunday due to shoulder ligament trouble and that he’s now facing the proverbial race against time to be available for selection for Sunday’s crunch encounter with the Donkey Ayters. The same report states that Andy’s place on the bench last Sunday was taken by Tom Parsons, now happily recovered from that nasty lung problem he picked up early in the Kildare match. Aside from Andy and the other longer-term absentees (and the Mitchels lads and, most likely, the U21s) it looks as if we’ll be selecting from a full deck (well, sort of) for the Cork game.

Sunday’s match will, by the way, be a double-header at MacHale Park, with the hurlers’ NHL Division 2B match against Wicklow acting as the curtain-raiser, where the action gets underway at 12.45pm throw-in. That match had been switched to Tooreen but it’s now going ahead at Castlebar instead, which obviously makes buckets of sense.

Before then, of course, comes tomorrow night’s do-or-die U21 Connacht championship preliminary round showdown between ourselves and Roscommon. After four years of plenty at this level between 2006 and 2009, we’ve since had to endure four years of provincial defeat – three times to tomorrow night’s opposition and the other time to Galway – during which time we haven’t even managed to reach the Connacht final, let alone win it.

Hopefully Niall Heffernan and his young charges will be able to halt this long and rather galling losing run tomorrow night in what’s set to be a real cracker of a contest under the lights at MacHale Park, where throw-in is scheduled for 7.30pm. Details on where to buy tickets for this match are here and with an entrance fee of just €10 with kids free you could find far worse ways to while away the evening. The Mayo News has a preview of the match – here.

It’s worth noting too that should we prevail in that game tomorrow night our semi-final, which would be at home to Sligo, has been fixed for the following Wednesday (19th). One fence at a time, though.

The All-Ireland club final is getting ever nearer too. I don’t know what the atmosphere is like in Castlebar at the present time (though I hope to get a whiff of same at the weekend) but it’s coming nicely to the boil up here. The little lad went off to school today in his Vinnies gear and came home well satisfied with the day’s festivities, not least the no homework bit. Oh to be young again.

The Mayo News have a cracking supplement for the club final, as I’m sure the other local papers have too (but I’m not in them so I won’t plug them too hard) and included in this are this piece on Aidan Walsh and Sean Rice’s analysis (which I’d disagree with when he says that Vincents have “confidence bordering on arrogance” but, of course, you’d expect me to say that). Best go out and buy the paper, though, for the full experience.

Final point, also on the club final – CRC FM will be presenting ‘The Final’ live from An Sportlann this coming Thursday (13th) from 8 pm to 9.30 pm. If you can’t make it on the night it’ll also be on the wireless at 102.9 FM where an evening of music, entertainment and discussion about the big day in Croke Park is promised.

26 thoughts on “Tuesday’s tidbits

  1. Well done WJ and Nigel on the two Articles in the Mayo News, they are very well written and really gets you in the mood for the big game on St. Patrick’s day in Croke Park!

  2. Anybody know if season tickets are valid for U21 game?
    I understand that they are for the club final [but maybe I’m mistaken on that].

  3. The Cork team has been named. Manager Brian Cuthbert has made eight changes for Sunday’s game. They seem to have been making a lot of changes from game to game. Colm O’Neill gets his first start of the year. They have two U21s playing even though their U21 team is playing against Kerry tomorrow. Eoin Cadogan and Aidan Walsh return, having been on hurling duty last weekend. They look strong up-front, especially their full-forward line, maybe they are targeting our full-back line. Their back-line does not look as strong as their attack. There could be a high scoring game in prospect.

    Cork (SF v Mayo): K O’Halloran: M Shields, E Cadogan, K Crowley; C Dorman, Tom Clancy, A Cronin; A O’Sullivan, A Walsh; C O’Driscoll, P Kerrigan, Tomás Clancy; C O’Neill, B Hurley, D O’Connor

  4. Have no ticket for U21 game will tickets be on sale outside MacHale park tomoro night? i won’t be in supervalu

  5. Great information as usual WJ.

    And a pity that Andy has picked up that shoulder injury. I’m sure he won’t be rushed back for the next match if he’s not 100 per cent. But great that Tom Parsons has mended and is ready to return to play.

    Is there any word in the paper on Chris Barrett – when he might return?

    And any word on Alan Dillon? I believe had an operation but his underlying injury requires a lot of rest and management, which leaves him short of game time as all teams are moving up a gear now in their fitness programmes, it doesn’t look good for him.

    Finally, any word on the persistent groin problem that Richie Feeney has been suffering with? Will he need to be rested after next Monday, when he wins his first of two All-Ireland medals this year ?

  6. from what I understand, Richie is more or less fine but may miss the Dublin game for a rest, which would be normal enough after reaching an all-ireland. it took Mikey Sweeney nearly a month to be ready for Mayo action

  7. Strong team and strong bench.He is a good manager Cutbert plenty of credentials.I seen a clip of him doing a talk in croke park.He knows his stuff.
    For us we need to shore up our defense.Bring intensity to our game hassle Cork up and down the park and get structure for our attacks and take our goal chances and it goes without saying don’t leak any goals.If we can stop Cork from scoring goals or if we can out score them goal wise i believe we can win.

  8. I’m surprised Daniel Goulding,Goold are not starting. Midfield can be got at Walsh overrated and Derry had plenty of joy against their full back line the last day also.

  9. Yeah Mikey picked up an injury in the AL Intermediate Final and after about 10 days, JH had train with the injured players.

    As for Richie – he’s for me our best option for the year ahead to wear the No.12 jersey, so if he needs a month, I’d be happy that he gets it.

  10. Anybody know if Cairdre Maigh Eo tickets are accepted at the gate on Monday for the Club Finals?

  11. I read a piece somewhere last night that said Dublin fans with season tks for hill 16 get in for free but mayo season tks holders don’t,I think the cb are going apeshit on in

  12. Neither were GAA season tickets though – the Croke Park ticket only entitles you to entry to the finals on March 17th, not the entire all-Ireland series. I think the Cairde ticket only covers entry to club games within the county? That’s my understanding, although I could be wrong on that.

    Either way, it seems pretty mean-spirited not to allow Cairde Mhaigheo Mayo season ticket holders free entry on the day, if the equivalent season ticket holders in Dublin are permitted to avail. As I said I’d love to see Croke Park’s rationale for the decision *just* in case there’s part of the story we’re not getting here.

  13. What a complete and utter disgrace. Croke Park holding the ‘culchies’ in contempt.

    Despite the reservations we may have about them, it would be worth bringing this to the attention of the likes of Martin Breheny, Eugene McGee, Keith Duggan and Sean Moran.

    They have the clout to embarrass Croke Park into a climbdown. And clearly nothing short of nationwide embarrassment will correct Croke Park’s vision on this.

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