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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.
The battle to win the Sweeney Cup and progress to the senior championship next year moves up a gear this weekend when the quarter-finals of the Mayo intermediate championship takes place.
All roads lead east out of Mayo tomorrow as not one or two but three Mayo football teams have make-or-break championship games.
"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— I took the one less travelled by, And that has made all the difference" is how Robert Frost's poem The Road Not Taken concludes - and tomorrow Mayo will take another step on that road less travelled and they hope it will make all the difference in finally getting over Dublin for the first time in the championship since 2012.
You would imagine there is very little more than can be written about Mayo and Dublin's rivalry over the past seven years.
It was an occasion like we have never experienced, it was a performance that we have become somewhat accustomed to, it was a result we could only have dreamed of. It was a proper Mayo day.