We finally know of who is playing who in the 2010 Senior Football Championship. Some interesting draws have popped up all over the country but 1st of all I would like to look at the Galway draw and see our potential opponents. As we knew coming into thursday nights draw, Galway are due to play New York in the preliminary round in the Gaelic Grounds, I was interested however to see our potential opponents in the Connacht semi final and yes, we got the ould rival, Mayo.
People exclaim the week before the match will ‘Galway bate Mayo’, and if the two where to meet in the semi final it would be the same story. Mayo in there 1st round have a tricky tie against Sligo on there hands and overcoming that will be key for Mayo. Galway will go into the game with confidence (if they are to meet), if we can get a good run in the league, try some new players and get the steel and determination there is no doubt in my mind that Galway can beat Mayo under Joe Kernan. Mayo, under former Galway manager John O’Mahoney who is back for another year will be prepared, they went out with a game plan last year but it almost fell short in the end against Galway in Salthill. I expect a game of attacking free-flowing football in Castlebar in June (yet again I reiterate, if we are to meet) between Mayo and Galway and I hope the latter can pull it out of the bag on the day and get to a Connacht Final against either Roscommon, Leitrim or possibly London. Roscommon will be very happy with the draw they got, they can send out a signal of intent this year and will surely be tricky opponents, remember if it is a Connacht final between Galway & Roscommon the venue will be Hyde Park. Hyde Park can be an unforgiving venue with the home crowd and Roscommon always bring an extra dimension into their play when they play there, as we all remember from 2001 when Mayo went to the Hyde to play Roscommon in the Connacht Final and Roscommon snatched victory.
Some other interesting draws have popped up over the country. In Munster its a case of Same old- Same Old, as Kerry and Cork are likely to face each other once again in this years Munster semi final, granted Kerry beat Tipperary. In Ulster another draw has caught the eye in the preliminary stages as Derry play Armagh is a do or die clash, with new Armagh manager Paddy O’Rourke taking charge for the 1st time in the Championship. In Leinster, there is no real tie that stands out, but the potential meeting of Meath and Laois, adds some degree of excitement. In another quatre final clash, it is a repeat of the 2008 Leinster final between Wexford & Dublin.
So all and all it is a fair draw for the Tribesmen but if they want ot win Connacht, they will have to do it the hard way..