“We’re hoping for a bright evening,” said Mitchel. “It got dark up in the Athletic Grounds but they had lights.
“We should have been heading for Omagh on Saturday (the winners play Tyrone). We should have won the game in Armagh. We had a couple of chances to win it.”
Mitchel reckons Saturday’s attendance could rival the “8 or 9,000” number that attended the 2001 All-Ireland qualifier against Galway.
“We’re expecting huge numbers, big time. The last time we’d as much interest was 2001 when we played Galway and they went onto win the All-Ireland.”
The three round three qualifier games will also be played this Saturday at 7pm with Meath’s clash with Kildare being shown live on RTÉ.
The All-Ireland SHC quarter-finals have been set for Semple Stadium on Sunday week with Dublin and Limerick facing off at 2pm followed by Waterford and Galway at 4pm.
Meanwhile, Limerick football manager Maurice Horan does not expect to have dual players Mark O’Riordan and Stephen Lucey back for their All-Ireland qualifier against Waterford at the Gaelic Grounds. The two experienced performers, both of whom are now in their 30s, opted to play for the Limerick hurlers against Antrim on Saturday.
“I’m planning on working off the same squad as we had at the weekend and I don’t anticipate that Stephen or Mark will be with us. It is very difficult for dual players,” admitted Horan.
The Croom clubmen were placed in the unenviable position of having to decide whether to play in the football qualifier against Offaly at the Gaelic Grounds or the hurling clash against Antrim in Parnell Park. Limerick won both games and while the hurlers will not be playing until Sunday week when they take on Dublin, manager Horan does not expect them to play in the football qualifier this weekend against Waterford.