GREY clouds, cold air and a pathetic excuse for a programme contrast with the bright blue and gold of the refurbished Pearse Park stand as the steady trickle of supporters enters the Longford grounds.
In the elevated press box, Ger Tracey and Peter McGinnity readying for live commentary, Phil Flanagan keeping social media up to date.
Young St. Colman’s supporters cluster behind town goals, ongoing work sees St. Michael’s counterparts find themselves peacefully evicted from the opposite end.
Who’ll be cheering loudest?
St Michael’s unchanged selection catches fire from outset, double goals boost support into stratosphere.
Mayo lads looking lead-footed.
Tom Keenan ships a heavy sideline knock, soon back up, typifying team’s irrepressible spirit.
Ten up, into fantasy realms almost but reality soon intervenes.
Different game now.
No doubt which support is the happier at half time but maybe the break will halt Mayo momentum.
Oh to be a fly on St. Michael’s dressing room wall.
St Michael’s contingent heads for Colman’s end but stewards bar access.
‘Friendly’ banter exchanged, they begin to drift back to where they were.
Soon obvious that St Michael’s have regrouped but it’s still wide open by three quarters stage.
Dom’s out on pitch, he’s feeling the pressure but still astutely directing operations.
Last ten, show back on the road to Croke Park.
Colman’s discipline slipping.
Dom sends Ronan Beattie to tell McNally there’s no kick-out rush.
It’s all over, supporters race to hail victory, blue flares erupting.
Supporters lingering to savour occasion, sponsor Pat Blake being congratulated.
Patsy Tracey, Greg Kelly, Canon McQuaid, Fr. Pat McHugh, have seen so many Fermanagh disappointments, now happy faces all.
Mark Henry on radio; “Players will be back to school on Monday to concentrate on final, it will be fabulous for everyone else in the college”.
For the entire county too.
Posted: 9:21 am April 5, 2019