Less than 48 hours to go now and I don’t know about the rest of you but the nerves are getting to me at this stage. I know Paddy Power have us priced into 1/10 – with only the Dubs on shorter (1/100) odds than us this weekend – but unlike the defending All-Ireland champions we have to walk the high-wire in our fixture without any safety harness.
This really does feel like one game at a time territory, a place where there’s absolutely no point in thinking about what might come after Saturday night. Months of inactivity, that’s what, unless the form we showed after the break against Fermanagh is carried into our clash with Kildare, only this time from the start with the hope that we can keep going in that vein for the full seventy minutes.
I’ve had an eagle eye on the weather all week due to my two-wheeled concerns earlier on Saturday. I’m happy to report that, unlike the Fermanagh match, winds should be a bit lighter the next evening and there’s unlikely to be any rain then either. An added bonus for me is that I should get to do the Westportif earlier in the day sans the torrential downpours and howling gales that we had to contend with twelve months ago.
Here’s what the weather looks like for Castlebar over the weekend. Dry ball for us, by the looks of it, but it could be a tad on the greasy side for the neighbours on Sunday afternoon:
If it’s a bit more lowdown on the Lilies you’re looking for then this piece in the Mayo News by Cormac O’Malley, who spent a number of years living in Kildare, is worth a mooch. He reckons both sets of supporters have similar mindsets and are both eternal optimists. Hopefully it’ll be our optimism that’ll be preserved a bit better later on Saturday evening.
If it’s information on ticketing for the game that you want, all you need on that front is here.
If it’s team news you’re after you’ll have to wait, so I’m told, ’till tomorrow evening to slake that particular thirst.