It’s been a bit of a distracting week here, what with the Junior Cert rearing its ugly head in this household for the first time, so the days have gone by in a bit of a blur. But gone by they have and so we’re knocking on the door of another weekend already.
So far this year’s football championship has rarely raised its head above the dull and predictable and this weekend’s action isn’t, I fear, all that likely to buck that trend. From our standpoint, Sunday’s Connacht semi-final between Roscommon and Sligo is obviously the match of most interest but I’d say there’s little or no chance that the Rossies will trip themselves up like they did so hilariously against the Magpies twelve months ago.
Every single championship match to date this summer has gone to form and I’d be surprised to see anything but a routine win for the Rossies at Hyde Park on Sunday. Assuming they come through that one – and, in the process, book their place in the Connacht final for the very first time since 2011 – ourselves and Galway will then be playing for the right to meet them in next month’s provincial final when we face off in at MacHale Park tomorrow week (throw-in 7pm).
This is the fourth year in a row we’ll have come up against Galway in Connacht and we’re currently on our joint-best winning streak against them, having won our last five championship matches against them (a piece I did last year on this winning run is here). Five-in-a-row over them is a feat we achieved only once previously – between 1905 and 1911 – though we’ve still some way to go to surpass their best unbeaten run against us. Between 1954 and 1966 the Tribesmen downed our colours on each of the eight times we met them in Connacht over that period.
As I noted in that piece last year, our recent strong record against them means that we’re also now, for the first time in a long while, marginally in front on the head-to-head. We’ve met a total of 85 times in Connacht since our first ever clash way back in 1902 and we’ve won 40 of those, with Galway winning 39 and a further six ending in draws.
The bookies strongly fancy us to extend this winning run into what would be unchartered waters for us. Paddy Power have priced us at 1/5 to make it six Connacht championship wins in a row over them when we meet at Castlebar next weekend. We’ll talk more in detail, I’m sure, over the coming few days about players and tactics and all that but let’s keep it broad brush for now. What do you reckon to those odds? Who do you think will win this one?
How will we get on against Galway?
- Win (93%, 298 Votes)
- Lose (5%, 16 Votes)
- Draw (2%, 8 Votes)
Total Voters: 322