Why not spend Easter Sunday in Clogher?
WE’LL know an awful lot more about our senior team when the final whistle sounds in Clogher on Sunday afternoon around 3.15pm.
There are no easy games in Division 1A of the Mayo senior league but they don’t come much harder than a date with the reigning county champions in their own backyard.
Ballintubber haven’t lost a league game in something like their last 23 outings, a run that stretches back more than two years, so Ballinrobe have their work cut out this weekend.
Norman O’Brien is planning without Peter Staunton who is suspended after being sent-off against Charlestown last week, and we won’t know until Sunday if David McDonnell, Ronan Macken, Colm Killeen, James O’Malley and Donal Vaughan have recovered from their knocks, bruises, aches and pains.
There were plenty of encouraging signs in the performance against Charlestown last weekend, but a win against the likes of Ballintubber would really get the season up and running.
There’s never been much between these teams down through the years, and last year’s drawn league game at Flanagan Park was a case in point.
New Ballintubber manager Anthony McGarry will be looking to built on his team’s good start to the league (they beat Westport and Ballina in the first two rounds), and Alan Dillon remains their ‘main man’.
Interestingly, John Stagg of Stagg Betting (a man who knows a thing or two about both teams!) has quoted Ballintubber as 8/11 to win, Ballinrobe are 5/4, and the draw is priced at 7/1.
It would be great to see plenty of Ballinrobe supporters in Clogher on Sunday to get behind the lads, so why not spend Easter Sunday out in the sunshine watching football!
Throw-in is at 2pm.
If you can’t make it to Clogher, we’re hoping to be posting regular score updates on twitter during the game. Our twitter ‘handle’ is ballinrobegaa — so get following!