Four long months have passed since our last competitive outing but our latest dark night of the soul is now over. I’ve spent much of this time moping myself but the time for looking back is done – there’s a new year of football to be played, starting later this evening with our first round League match with Monaghan at MacHale Park (throw-in 7pm).
A good spring campaign doesn’t necessarily lay the groundwork for a productive summer (2010 anyone?) but a good start to the year would, in this very competitive Division, be the ideal way to get us going again, as well as easing the pressure on us in the weeks ahead.
The team we’ve named blends old and new faces, partly by choice but also partly by necessity, which is often the way at this time of year. It’s still a team we can expect to perform at a high level and that what those of us rocking up in Castlebar later on will be aiming to see from the lads.
Monaghan are always doughty opponents and I’ve no doubt but that they’ll put it up to us again this evening. But we’re not exactly a soft touch either and, on home soil (where, it must be admitted, we haven’t the best of records), we should be aiming to land our first League points of this year’s spring campaign.
My little buddy and I are hitting the road shortly, doing our usual road-trip stuff, with a pit stop for the spuds planned on the way. We’re aiming to be in Castlebar well ahead of throw-in this evening.
At this stage I can’t wait for the action to get going again. Yes, it’s time to go again.
Back later on with audio, the MOTM poll and the match report. The whole shooting gallery in other words.