This time tomorrow we’ll be rightly in the thick of things at Croke Park (I haven’t got my ticket firmly in my paw yet but will have it early tomorrow) and so there’s little more in the way of words that needs to be added ahead of throw-in. This Mayo minor team is, like last year’s variant, a side that’s full of character and commitment and one thing we can be sure of is that they’ll expend every ounce of energy that their young bodies possess in order to land the spoils tomorrow afternoon. All that those of us who’ll be sitting on and watching can do at this point is to wish Ray and the lads all the very best for tomorrow. We’re all enormously proud to see you flying the flag for the county on All-Ireland day and I know there’ll be loads of Mayo supporters ready to shake the rafters at HQ when battle commences.
Armagh will be tough to beat, for sure, and many would argue that they deserve to be ranked as favourites to lift the Tom Markham Cup tomorrow but once the ball is thrown in, all that counts for nothing. I’ve every belief that we’ll be there or thereabouts and I’m confident that this team has what it takes to claim the prize that’s on offer. Here’s to an early switch to Plan B tomorrow, here’s to a long-awaited All-Ireland victory at Croke Park. All the very best, lads.