With dizzying speed, here we are again: once more it’s game day, all-or-nothing day, this time the day where we get the chance to claim a place in this year’s All-Ireland semi-finals.
Although we lost our safety net in this year’s championship the evening we fell unexpectedly to Galway in the Connacht semi-final back in June, it’s only now that it feels like we’re stepping out on the high-wire for real. And we are, make no mistake about it.
Tyrone come into this match as narrow, but deserved, favourites. They’re once more Ulster champions and in Mickey Harte they’ve one of the game’s canniest managers. If we’re to beat them today we’ll have to be at our very best.
It’s a tough proposition, for sure, but this team have faced – and faced down – plenty of such challenges in the past. We can have every hope and expectation that they’ll do the same again later on today.
The prize on offer today is great – all we have to do now is get out there and grasp it. Players, management, supporters: we’ve all a part to play today, so let’s go do it and that includes our Juniors in the day’s curtain-raiser too.
Here’s to a memorable Croke Park day for us. Here’s to victory on the double at HQ. Up Mayo!