It’s Friday morning and so tonight we’ll be naming our team for Sunday’s final. Not THE team, of course, but the one that’ll appear in the match programme and will dictate what shirt numbers the lads are wearing at Croke Park.
I’m not sure about when Dublin will name their pick but I guess they could do so today as well. Like Jim Gavin in inverse, I haven’t been watching them at all at all for ages so I’ve no idea what their routine is for announcing their team. We’ll find out soon enough, I suppose.
As regards the identity of the thirty players who’ll line out at 3.30pm on Sunday, it’s literally anyone’s guess. To take one example from our side, I’ve heard reasonably convincing arguments for Aidan O’Shea to play centre-back, as a deep-lying midfielder, as an out-and-out midfielder, as a third midfielder, as centre-forward and as full-forward. Maybe he’ll do all of those things at some point during the afternoon.
We’ve plenty of other decisions to make besides that – Does Paddy Durcan start? Should Lee Keegan be played in a more advanced role? What about Conor Loftus? – so I guess the best thing we can do is to sit back, trust the management team’s calls on these issues and wait ’till Sunday.
I’m done with all the written stuff about the game at this stage – what I’m tapping here is pure therapy, nothing more – so I’m not going to do a sweep of the coverage today. Another episode of the Mayo News football podcast should, though, be going online later today (or, failing that, in the morning) so watch out for that.