Following Mayo’s Second Round Qualifier win over Down in Newry last Saturday, Mayo were drawn to face Armagh in Round Three of the All Ireland Qualifiers on Saturday evening in Castlebar. This is the first time since 1950 that both counties have played each other in the Championship, that particular match up was in an All Ireland Semi Final, we all know how that year ended! A good omen maybe?
On the injury front, we have had nothing but bad luck over the past few weeks. Losing Matthew Ruane was a big blow, but hearing the news about our captain Diarmuid O’Connor was an even bigger hit, both will more than likely miss the rest of the Championship should we progress. Best wishes to both in their recoveries.
Back to the football, Armagh will provide a very stiff challenge on Saturday, they are an up and coming team with a good set of players and management. They have lots of attacking talent and if we are not fully tuned in we will be dumped out of this years Championship, a better performance than what we seen in in Newry will be required to advance, I have no doubt that our lads will up their game to meet and pass the test.
Regarding support, a large crowd in the region of 15,000 – 20,000 is expected to attend on Saturday evening. Every supporter must play their part in helping the team get over the line, be seen, be colourful and be heard! If you have flags and banners of your own, please bring them along, they will add to the occasion. We will have our usual flags on the Bacon Factory End. Nephin Mor will also make an appearance, weather permitting. It is hoped to unveil the flag prior to the game starting as the team comes out. If you see it on the terrace, feel free to come along and help hold it up.
Keep the faith, Up Mayo!
Mayo Independent Supporters Club – 28/06/2019.
Well, here we are again, the familiar territory of the All Ireland Qualifiers. It seems like an eternity since we played Roscommon in the Connacht Semi Final. A lot of talk and rumours have passed under the bridge since that depressing, damp evening in Castlebar. It’s high time that the football action took centre stage again. The qualifier draw pitted us against Down, a county that is famed for its footballing tradition. We have played Down only once before in Championship Football, this was all the way back in 2012, where we beat them in Croke Park at the All Ireland Quarter Final stage. They have since fallen down the football food chain and now reside in Division Three. They however should be respected as they have some good and skilful footballers. It’s potentially a dangerous banana skin for Mayo, one that the players, management and supporters should be more than tuned in for.
Newry, as has been well documented over the past number of days, is a long way from Mayo. If you are travelling up, make sure to leave in plenty of time and drive safely. The best route from Mayo is to drive to Dublin and take the M1 north, this may be long, but is the best route. Parking can be got for free in The Quays Shopping Centre carpark as well as the Buttercrane Shopping Centre carpark. Hold on to your match ticket / programme to validate your free use of the carpark. Please note that the gates of the carparks close at 9pm.
Regarding the match, we will be setting up base in the Warrenpoint Road End Terrace, this is the first terrace that you will see as you enter the ground. We will have our usual flags tied up at the front and back of the terrace. We will also have a number of waving flags to give out to people who wish to get involved. If you have flags / banners of your own, please bring them along, it will add to the noise and colour of the occasion. The numbers of travelling Mayo supporters are expected to be reduced for this game, so each supporter must play their part in helping the team get over the line.
Keep the faith, Up Mayo!
Mayo Independent Supporters Club – 21/06/2019.