Next weekend sees Mayo and Mickey Harte’s Tyrone clash in the semi-final of the SFC, with the Connacht side looking increasingly likely to get the win they’ve been tipped for.
Of course, James Horan’s men have been one of the favourites ever since they blew Galway away in their opening game of the Connacht championshp, however they’ve grown stronger with every passing match.
However, it was their outstanding display against the current champions Donegal in which they trounced their Ulster opponents which solidified their place as the team to beat.
And now, they will be even more likely to reach the All-Ireland final with the news that Tyrone player Conor Gormley could well miss the vital tie.
It was reported this morning by Colm Keys in The Irish Times that Gormley could miss the match due to suspension following the Central Competition Control Committee (CCCC) review of the match. It’s suspected that Gormley struck his Monaghan competitor Dessi Mone in their quarter-final clash.
It was also reported that Tyrone are keen on setting up a hearing in an effort to clear the issue up.
Undeniably, Gormley’s absence would be a terrible blow for Mickey Harte’s men as they may well have to rejig their team ahead of the big last-four encounter. In fact, it would deal them a further crippling blow as Martin Penrose is already unavailable.
From a GAA fan’s point of view, as well as from a neutral’s point of view, one would hope that Tyrone will be as fit, strong and prepared as they can possibly be, as it’s a competitive, hard-fought encounter one would like to see.
Clearly, it would be terrible to see Mayo steamroll their way to the Sam Maguire – even if they deserve it.
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