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All roads lead north for Mayo on Saturday for their Connacht Senior Football Championship opener against Sligo in Markievicz Park which throws in at 4.30pm.
The National football league has at last got under way and in style, with GAA fans all around the country drooling with the amount of games on in both hurling and football across all four divisions.
Not long after the game had ended in MacHale Park on Saturday afternoon, cones were laid out at the Bacon Factory end of the ground for a small training session game.
It’s going to be something very different for Mayo on Saturday for a number of reasons.
Just over a year ago a screeching halt was called on life as we knew it and with it the action on the sporting field.
The last time Mayo and Leitrim met on the football field was in James Horan’s first game of his second coming as Mayo manager, on a cold and dreary early January day last year.
In normal circumstances James Horan would have been more than delighted with the performance put in by his team in a must win game yesterday, but with a cloud still hanging over any more action taking place this year and what the country is still facing into he was also thinking of the bigger picture.
Where were we when we left off?
Last Sunday - had all been right in the world - Mayo could have played the Connacht senior football championship semi-final and would then have, hopefully, been looking forward to a provincial final date in a fortnight's time. Such a scenario is unfortunately not to be at the moment - however, when the bell IS rung to start the championship, it won't take Mayo long to get up and ready for it - according to Aidan O'Shea.
The intermediate championship in Mayo has always been one of the hardest grades in which to predict what will happen and this year's instalment looks no different, with things very much balanced on a knife edge - with any of the four sides left in the competition being potential realistic champions.