Two years on from their last run all the way to Croke Park on St Patrick’s Day, Castlebar Mitchels are once again on the march. Tomorrow evening up in Breffni Park they square off against Crossmaglen Rangers of Armagh for a place in this year’s All-Ireland senior club championship final.
This semi-final tie throws in at the Cavan venue at 6.15pm tomorrow. For those who can’t make it to the match, it’s being shown live on TG4 with full commentary also being provided on the radio by Midwest.
I haven’t yet fully ruled out making a late dash up the M3 tomorrow to get to the game but my extensive mileage last weekend coupled with a busy enough day tomorrow and hopes for an early morning cycle on Sunday mean I’m far more likely to be catching this one on the bosca.
The bookies have Crossmaglen as the narrow 5/6 favourites tomorrow evening, with Mitchels on offer at 11/8. Those odds notwithstanding, however, I have to say I fancy the Moclair Cup holders strongly in this one: the team is sprinkled with experience, it has a number of county players in its ranks and the group has a cussed kind of battle-hardened air about them at this stage. The Armagh lads do, of course, represent the toughest of challenges but I doubt they’ll be looking on Castlebar as some kind of easy prey.
Mitchels by three or four, I reckon. Here’s hoping they do the business tomorrow evening – the best of luck to them in their endeavours.