All the talk is, I know, of Páirc Esler on Saturday week and all that entails but before all that there are two matches of interest down for decision this weekend.
Tomorrow evening the Minors are back in Connacht MFC action, with a Round 4 tie against Galway scheduled for MacHale Park where throw-in is 7.30pm. The Minors started their provincial campaign really well, with big wins over Leitrim and Roscommon, before suffering a setback by losing to Sligo last time out.
There are three play-off places up for grabs as the round-robin series of matches near their end – the group winner goes straight into the final while second and third contest a semi-final. This weekend is our final group game but, as it’s a five-team group, one county always sits out a round and it’s our turn to do so the weekend after next. Just as well with the qualifier match.
As the finishing line approaches, four teams are in contention for those three places. There are different permutations in terms of who might or might not qualify depending on how results go but the obvious objective for the lads tomorrow night will be to win the game. If they do that then they’re definitely in the shake-up, most likely straight into the final as group winners.
In the Connacht Junior Championship, meanwhile Galway got a bye straight into the final this year. Our lads, meanwhile, had to battle past Leitrim in the semi-final, a match that was played at MacHale Park a few weeks back as the curtain-raiser to our fateful Connacht semi-final meeting with Roscommon.
Sunday’s Connacht JFC final is, once more, the warm-up act for the Senior game, and it’s fixed to get underway at Pearse Stadium at 1pm that day. And, of course, once again we’ve no skin in the game as regards the Senior final. Connacht final day is, alarmingly, becoming but a distant memory for us now, a fact no doubt many will ruminate on as the miles clock up on the way to Newry and back on Saturday week.
Best of luck to both the Minors and Juniors in their respective clashes with Galway this weekend.