Right, I reckon it’s time to move on from the Kerry match and to start thinking about the next hurdle facing us in this year’s league campaign. This comes in the shape of an away match against Westmeath, the county currently propping up the Division One table with the game scheduled for Cusack Park in Mullingar. According to the GAA’s website throw-in for this one is at the slightly later time of 2.30pm.
According to the same source, the ref for Sunday is Eddie Kinsella from Laois. It’s worth remembering that name, by the way, as he’s also down for duty on All-Ireland club final day. From memory, he’s an okay, common-sense official and from what I can see the last time he did a match involving us was that hugely enjoyable league semi-final win over Kerry back in April 2012.
Club ’51 – whose banner made its debut at MacHale Park last Sunday (see below) – have also begun to turn their attention to next Sunday and they’ve now settled on the Greville Arms in the town as the place for the pre-match meet-up. Start time for this is 11.30am and full details – including on where best to park – are here. Cusack Park is only a short stroll from the middle of town – I was there for the Vincents/Loman’s Leinster club tie back in November – so the Greville Arms is a perfect gathering point.
Photo: Mayo Mick
This will be our first meeting with the Lake County in the league since March 2009 when, in a match played at Charlestown, a very different looking Mayo team recorded what I termed in my report as a facile win against limited opposition. I know there’s a strong temptation heading into Sunday’s clash to think of the current Westmeath team in similar terms but I’d agree that this is one where we need to be on our guard for a sucker punch. Another hard-working and fully committed performance will be needed the next day if we’re to come away with the valuable league points that are on offer.
Paddy Power, however, clearly don’t agree with the above assessment and have instead installed us as 1/8 favourites to win on Sunday with the home team on offer at 11/2. Do these odds makes sense? Time for a vote, I reckon, to see if you lot are thinking along the same lines.
What will it be against Westmeath?
- Win (92%, 201 Votes)
- Lose (6%, 14 Votes)
- Draw (2%, 4 Votes)
Total Voters: 219