There’s been a fair old outpouring of reaction since the final whistle sounded on our 2014 U21 championship season at MacHale Park last night, with the glass half-empty fraternity queuing up to issue dire warnings about what the future might hold based on this result while the half-full camp have been arguing equally strongly that this loss – galling and all as it was – don’t mean Jack Shit in the broader scheme of things.
I’d be leaning towards the latter viewpoint, I must admit, though I’d agree with those who state that the County Board needs to get to grips with why we’ve been punching so far below our weight at U21 in recent years. I’d also accept that the Rossies are likely to put it up to us far better this year than they did last summer but it needs to be recalled that Galway’s U21 All-Ireland victory in early May last year didn’t exactly do them any good when we faced their seniors in Salthill a few weeks later so there’s a limit to this kind of extrapolation.
Anyway, all that lies further down the road and in the meantime, next weekend in fact, we have League table-toppers Cork to think about, not forgetting, of course, the club final at Croke Park the following day. The Donkey Ayters are unbeaten in this NFL campaign but their 100% record hasn’t impressed Paddy Power who have installed us as 4/7 favourites to prevail on Sunday.
But what do you think: doomed or maybe not? Time to vote.
What has fate in store for our match with Cork on Sunday?
- They're doomed (76%, 146 Votes)
- We're doomed (24%, 45 Votes)
Total Voters: 191