AS the countdown continues to Mayo’s opening game on May 19 in the Connaught senior championship against Galway in Pearse Stadium, Salthill, it is going to be a race against time for a number of players who are presently recovering from injury.
As Connaught champions for the past two years, Mayo find themselves needing to bridge a 63-year gap if they hope to make it three-in-arow titles.
Not since 1948, ’49 and ’50 have Mayo won the three-ina- row. Incidentally, they went on to win the Sam Maguire after achieving this feat.
But long before they have any thoughts of bridging this 63-year gap, they will face a massive test in their preliminary round game against their arch-rivals Galway in 26 days’ time.
This is one side James Horan’s charges could have easily done without meeting so early in the campaign, especially as he has a number of his star players recovering from injury.
Top of the list are the two Morans, Barry and Andy.
Castlebar clubman Barry, who picked up his injury when assisting the Mitchels in their opening club league game against Breaffy, is hoping to be ready for the Galway game but did admit it is going to be a race against time.
He said: “In the early moments against Breaffy I twisted my ankle after my foot landed in a small divot which had been filled with sand. Also in the process I wrenched my knee.
“My initial worst fears were, thankfully, not realised but it will take time to clear them up.
“I have just started back training last week and while I have to take it easy, I am hopeful I can be ready for the Galway game as long as I don’t do any other damage. But for the moment all I can do is wait and hope everything will go fine in training.”
Having Barry fit for the Galway game would give a massive boost to the team as his form this year has been nothing but top class.
Indeed, such have been his performances in the national league that they propelled him into one of the best midfielders in the country.
Meanwhile the other Moran, Andy, is backing working very hard on the training ground.