I’m in a bit of an odd mindset ahead of tomorrow evening’s match against Roscommon, for the simple fact that I’m not going to be there. Nor have I any hope of following the game from a distance either.
Lookit, it’s not the first Championship match involving us that I’ve missed in recent years. Doubtless it won’t be the last one either. This one is different, though, because I’m at a family wedding tomorrow so the logistics there will militate against my keeping detailed tabs on the game. Doing a match report for the blog on it afterwards is likewise out of the question.
But fear not. When I mentioned my conundrum here on the blog some weeks ago, this led to a conversation which has ended up in Cian Mortimer kindly agreeing to step into the breach. So he’s going to do the match report for the blog tomorrow evening without any involvement at all on my part.
Those of you who read Cian’s first piece for the blog will know that he’s a young man with a talent for writing but also is someone who has quite a bit on his plate – specifically the Leaving Cert – at the minute. Our own household is in the same boat exam-wise this year so I can certainly appreciate what a high-pressure time this is.
Which makes it all the more admirable that he’s willing to take time out to plug a significant gap for me on the blog tomorrow evening. So there will be a match report – replete with the usual Man of the Match poll, though there won’t be any post-match audio – and, for once, I won’t have any hand, act or part in its creation.
I’ll still be knocking around early doors tomorrow so I’ll post a quick game day piece then. I’m making no promises, though, about Sunday match reports but Rob and the lads will, of course, have the match-day podcast episode online on Sunday so it’ll be normal service in that regard.
There’s action in the meantime, lest we forget, as the Minors take on Roscommon this evening in Round 2 of the Connacht Championship. That match throws in at James Stephens Park, Ballina, at 7.30pm and details of the team we’ve named for that one are here.
While we’re on the topic of team announcements, the side to face Roscommon in the U20 Development League at MacHale Park tomorrow (throw-in 3pm) has been named (details here) and so too has the team to play Leitrim in the Connacht JFC semi-final at MacHale Park at 4.30pm tomorrow (details here).
Best of luck to all four Mayo teams in action this weekend. I know you’ll also join me in wishing all the best too to Cian on his match reporting debut here on the blog. It’s time to give youth its head in that department and I know that he’ll do just fine. Up Mayo.