As soon as Monday morning's Round 4 qualifier draw paired Mayo against their age-old rivals Galway the countdown began to what promises to be a shuddering showdown encounter. The Gaelic Grounds in Limerick is the novel venue for Saturday evening's meeting and there's novelty too in the fact that, for the first time in twenty years, this championship clash between the two counties is a knockout one.
In this episode of the Mayo News football podcast we preview Saturday evening's eagerly-awaited meeting of Mayo and Galway. Co-hosts Rob Murphy and John Gunnigan of the Mayo GAA Blog get the show underway by setting the scene for this totemic clash and what it means for both counties.
Rob then chats with ex-Tribesmen star and Galway Bay FM contributor Barry Cullinane who discusses where Galway are at in the wake of the Connacht final defeat to Roscommon and what they need to do to be ready for Mayo's challenge on Saturday evening. After that, Rob catches up with Mayo News columnist Billy Joe Padden who talks about how James Horan's team are evolving this year and who assesses how Mayo are likely to set up in the Gaelic Grounds.
Rob then speaks with Jason Byrne, GAA correspondent of the Irish Sun, whom he met at the Armagh game and who gives an outsider's perspective on Mayo's impact in this year's championship. Mayo News sports editor Mike Finnerty pops by too, to give an update on the U20s' Connacht semi-final win over Sligo and to look ahead to the Minor Connacht final against Galway on Friday evening.
This latest episode of the Mayo News football podcast is now online and is available to listen to on iTunes, SoundCloud, Podomatic and Spotify. You can also listen to it directly on the Mayo News website and on the Mayo GAA Blog.
The Mayo News football podcast's championship coverage this summer is proudly sponsored by J Streicher. “When it absolutely, positively has to be financed on Wall St.” Visit our website at www.jstreicher.eu.