It’s a cold day out there and it’s sure to be equally inclement weather-wise down in Tralee this evening where our lads take on Kerry. The Round 2 League Division One game throws in at Austin Stack Park at 7pm this evening.
It’s not just the weather that could be tough for us this evening. We’re still down to the bare bones on the personnel front – what we wouldn’t do for club-tied duo Kevin Keane and Lee Keegan to be available tonight – and so it’s largely the same team that lined out against Monaghan carrying our hopes once more in this one.
But Kerry are mixing and shifting themselves, with three new lads getting their first starts in the Green and Gold this evening. They’re also missing players involved in the latter stages of the club championships and so have, like us, been forced to put out a blend of youth and experience.
Our rather careless loss against the Farneymen last Saturday evening – a man up with a full fifteen minutes to go should have enabled an experienced team (albeit one including a few newbies) to see out the win – contrasts with Kerry’s bright start to this League campaign. The Kingdom are notoriously slow to get going in the spring – their win against Donegal last Sunday was their first opening round victory for five years – and they’ll no doubt be aiming to build on this tonight.
Despite the loss the last day, though, there were a few hints of better things in our showing against Monaghan. Clearly, though, we’ll need a big enough step up in performance if we’re to come away from the Kingdom with anything to show for our efforts.
I’m still in the capital at the minute but will be hitting the road before too awful long. I’ve a lift down and another one back up afterwards (I’m hoping to get the match report done while en route home) so it’s set to be a long day. And, into the bargain, I’m missing the Vinnies’ match up in Newry this afternoon. It’s hard to be everywhere.
If you’re on the road yourself today, take it handy. Back later on with the usual post-match blather. Up Mayo.