Yesterday might have been pretty crap as regards the weather but it was a good day for the Sheepstealers who had an unexpectedly easy win over Leitrim up in Carrick to book their place in their second successive Connacht final. I know – this is the second year where they’ve been the beneficiaries of a ludicrously lop-sided draw and they haven’t really had to break sweat at all to make it to the provincial decider but I guess we’re not exactly the kind of punters who should be talking about the quality of opposing teams and, as the dictum goes, you can only beat what’s in front of you.
What’s in front of either ourselves or Galway now in the Connacht final on July 17th is a resurgent Roscommon who will go into the decider as holders of the Nestor Cup and who will have the added advantage of defending it on home soil. The Rossies love to play at Hyde Park and they know they’ll have big home support there, with a crowd that’ll get behind them vocally if they start to do the business on the field. No way, then, can our meeting with the Tribesmen on Sunday week be styled as the “real” Connacht final.
If there’s one proverbial fly in the ointment for the Ovine Rustlers it’s the five-week delay they now face before the Connacht final. Once again, the Connacht Council have excelled themselves in the art of fucked-up match scheduling: not only are the Rossies being left to kick their heels for half the summer, if they then lose the final they’ll have only six days to wait before facing into a fourth round qualifier which, if they were to win there, would then be followed by an All-Ireland quarter-final the following weekend. Is it any wonder we’ve had no Connacht representation in the All-Ireland semi-finals since 2006?
But this shouldn’t bother the Rossies, not according to Mickey Moran who reckons they’ll retain their Connacht crown. What do you think? Now that Carthygate has proved to be a load of something about nothing, I’ve given that particular poll the curly finger and have replaced it with a nice new one soliciting views on who you really think will win Connacht dish ear. No spinning now, lads, give it to me straight.