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Galway United make the long journey to Ferrycarrig Park in Wexford on Saturday for a tricky Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup first round clash against North End United.
About 20 years ago, Cesare Menotti, the chain-smoking slick-haired manager of the Argentina team which won the 1978 World Cup in front of their own frenzied fans, was asked about what was the biggest influence on his career.
The Galway senior footballers under Kevin Walsh have thus far enjoyed a productive season.
Mayo were mere inches away from forcing extra time in Croke Park, but Ryan O’Donoghue’s last gasp close range free was deflected up and over the bar by a Kildare hand and with it went Mayo’s hopes on Jones Road.
Mayo may be running out in Croke Park on Sunday lunch time with an All Ireland title up for grabs and all that a game of that magnitude brings with it, but in reality it is very simple what is going to happen out there, according to Mayo manager Mike Solan; and it is a simple message that he has been getting his side to buy into all year long - "It’s 60 minutes of football. When you strip away everything that’s what it’s going to come down to on Sunday. That’s what it came down to against Leitrim, against Roscommon, against Derry," he explained.
The last time Mayo were pitted against Kildare in a championship game the Newbridge or Nowhere phenomenon took over the GAA conversation for a week. This time around when the respective counties u20 sides run out to do battle on Croke Park, there is nowhere else either sides supporters would like to see their teams going into action.
The Mayo u20's take centre stage when they take on Kildare in the All-Ireland final this Sunday in Croke Park. It represents a big opportunity for Michael Solan's men to showcase their undoubted talent on the big stage along with the not so small matter of potentially becoming the very first All-Ireland u20 champions.
In a welcome and positive development for the football club, Athlone Town AFC have confirmed that works will begin on a new astro turf playing facility at Lissywollen.
Another interesting weekend beckons in the Westmeath Senior Football Championship with the Sunday evening meeting between holders St Loman’s and Athlone promising to be an interesting encounter.