Saturday 24 March 2018

O’Mahony should enjoy a winning start to his big week


BY the time the Angelus bell rings this evening, the destiny of some footballers’ careers and a political one may have been decided.

A win today could help propel John O’Mahony upwards in the dog-eat-dog world of politics, a loss would surely see him exclusively involved in football for the summer. Which life is more ruthless is a matter of conjecture, past successes are quickly forgotten in both codes.

There would also be fall-out from defeat for some players. It would be hard to see the likes of Padraic Joyce having a huge appetite for the backpackers’ tour if Galway lose today, while Galway manager Peter Forde might feel like enjoying a quiet summer in his native Mayo rather than rousing those troops whose miles on the clock are getting into the red zone. Forde cannot walk away of course, no matter what happens, but while Galway successfully travelled the back roads before, I don’t see it happening this time.

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