The Scenic Route- Qualifiers 2022

The nervous waiting is finally over as we have learned our faith in this year’s qualifiers.

Séamus McEnaney’s Monaghan makes the trip to Hastings Mchale Park next Saturday as Mayo begin their qualifiers journey for 2022.

The injury list hasn’t gotten better for Mayo with the addition of Michael Plunkett but as I’ve said before it’s the time for players to step up and take charge when others are out of the frame.

In their previous meeting in February in Clones, the two teams were always neck and neck by one by a one-point margin and there’s no doubt Mayo and Monaghan fans are in for a thriller Saturday week.

With Mayo having home advantage this time around, it will be interesting to see will being on home soil influences the performance on the day.

Many are relieved to have avoided Tyrone in the draw but Monaghan isn’t a team to be taken lightly, since our last meeting Mayo has lost many bodies due to injury but now more than ever it’s time to step up to the challenges ahead,

It will be interesting to see will being on home soil benefits Mayo in any way following the last meeting being in Clones but as we know they have had plenty of time to get used to McHale Park’s new soil.

With new hopeful news that Oisin Mullin is back training, the race to be fit is on for the lads on the injured list.

Many Mayo fans will be hoping this qualifier bout will not end up similar to 2018’s shocking knockout to Kildare because as we know anything can happen in GAA.

As a fan its always frustrating seeing your team come out the wrong side of things because we all know the potential within the Mayo panel and this sounds odd but we have to go into this game remembering who we are, and were not Cavan/ Cork or Limerick, were the bloody Mayo senior footballers.

Since the dreaded Galway game, they have had a month to clean up the mistakes, and now more than ever it’s time to start realising its time to fight through these qualifiers.

As always they will have the amazing support of the Mayo fans on home soil and we all know the power when all fans are behind their team.

League and Connaught are over now it’s time to get through the battle ahead.

Wishing James and the panel the best of luck as they take on Monaghan next Saturday in Mchale Park, As always Maigh Eo abu !

Chloe Lynch

I'm Chloe Lynch a GAA journalist from County Mayo.
I've been writing for over a year, some of you might know me best as The Girl That Writes About Mayo GAA.
My main goal while writing is to give back to the players within the GAA.
I have had my work read by members of the Mayo panel.
I hope you enjoy this blog as I share my passion for GAA with you.

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