After a whirlwind six days, here we are once more all set to face the vortex again later on today. Having stared defeat so squarely in the face last Sunday, this evening’s replay offers us the opportunity to pit our wits anew against Dublin. This is championship football red in tooth and claw: glory and a place in Sunday week’s final awaits the winner and we have to do what we can to ensure that this is us.
It’s an enormous challenge, for sure, but as the lads showed last Sunday, they’re not the type of guys to shirk when faced with the most fundamental type of obstacle. We came back from the brink the last day, we should have every confidence in our ability to turf Dublin over that same precipice later on today.
Last Sunday’s match – both on the field and in the stands – had a bit of an ugly air to it at times but this evening’s replay is an entirely new contest and we should go into it with this in the forefront of our minds. Once the ball is thrown in, all that guff that was being spoken and written about over the past week will evaporate, leaving only the elemental contest being played out on the Croke Park pitch.
It’s a contest we can win. It’s a contest we will win. Let’s get there this evening and do it. Up Mayo!