Mayo to easily capture four in-a-row
IF only because it made nonsense of a hackneyed phrase, there was something great about Mayo and Galway's clash last summer.
Apparently because of geographical proximity, rather than marginal trivialities such as form, experience, cohesion, class, preparation, etc the game would be close.
Sure isn't there always just a kick of a ball between them?
And you could take your pick of which course of action to do with your form book; either throw it out the window or rip it up.
Result: Galway 0-11 Mayo 4-16.
It seems, however, as though the gaping metaphorical chasm that divided these two last year has been breached somewhat.
Had James Horan been handed both a pen and carte blanche to write the events and outcome of Mayo's Connacht semi-final using only 'The big GAA book of clichés' as a reference, he couldn't have scribbled out anything more ideal for his team.
Which doesn't mask the fact that for the most part, his team weren't particularly good in the Hyde.
Certainly, they weren't fluid. But the conditions, venue et al, are variables Mayo won't have to deal with again, provided today goes as planned.
All the same rules apply as last year, just to lesser extents.
ODDS: Mayo 1/4, Draw 11/1, Galway 11/4
CONNACHT SFC FINAL
MAYO v GALWAY
(Castlebar, Tomorrow, 2.0, Live RTÉ2)