Sunday and the start of the championship is, of course, uppermost in everyone’s mind – my own included – but the Connacht SFC quarter-final clash between our lads and Sligo isn’t the only bit of inter-county action involving us that’s on over the next few days. Far from it, in fact.
The Juniors gets the ball rolling in this respect tomorrow evening. Fresh from last Friday’s Connacht JFC semi-final win over Sligo (match report on that one here) Seán McLoughlin’s charges are back in action at Fr O’Hara Park in Charlestown for the Connacht JFC final against Leitrim. Throw-in there tomorrow evening is 7pm.
Next up are the hurlers, who, following a disappointing Christy Ring Cup campaign, are now once again battling for their lives in the code’s second tier. They face a relegation play-off this coming Saturday evening at Páirc Seán MacDiarmada in Carrick-on-Shannon against Roscommon and they’ll have to make do for this one as well without the considerable talents of dual players Keith Higgins and Fergal Boland. Throw-in at Páirc Seán is set for 5pm on Saturday.
Then on Sunday, ahead of the senior match, the Connacht U17 championship quarter-final takes place between Mayo and Sligo at MacHale Park. This is, of course, the final year in which the minor football championship is being run as an U18 competition as it’s shifting to U17 next year, with the U21 grade changing to U20 at the same time. It was decided to run both minor and U17 championships this year, hence this match on Sunday. Throw-in for this tie is 11.45am (it’s not often one gets to mention on the blog a match that gets going before midday) and the winners play Galway in the semi-final on 11th June.
Best of luck to all the Mayo teams in action over the coming days.