Mayo travel to Ennis this Sunday to take on Clare in a Division Two semi-final of the National League. While there's no chance for further progression in this competition for the two teams, there is a very significant prize on offer for the winners on Sunday in the form of promotion to Division One for next year.
In this episode of the Mayo News football podcast, we preview Sunday's match at Cusack Park. Mayo News Sports Editor Mike Finnerty is in the chair for this episode and he's joined by Mayo News columnists Billy Joe Padden and Ger Flanagan.
In assessing the importance of the Clare match, the lads ponder if Mayo gaining promotion back to Division One might be regarded as a more significant target for James Horan's team this year than retaining their Connacht title would be. They go on to discuss how the team have performed in the League campaign to date and they look at the main reasons why Mayo are fancied to beat the Banner County on Sunday.
Special guest on this episode is former Clare and Mayo manager John Maughan who joins Mike to set the scene on a contest between two counties he knows so well. The current Offaly manager expects Clare to provide a stiff test for Mayo and, as well as sharing a few war stories, he gives his assessment on how Sunday's match might go.
This 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 as well as on the Mayo GAA Blog.
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