As the bush telegraph here on the site had already signalled earlier on today, it’s now been confirmed officially that tomorrow’s U21 North-West Cup match against Derry is off, due to the Oakleafers’ withdrawal from the tournament. Here’s the official confirmation of the cancellation:
— Mayo GAA (@MayoGAA) January 6, 2017
This development, unwelcome as it may be for Mike Solan and the U21s, should provide a bit of short-term relief for Stephen Rochford. With the 2016 senior panel away on their holliers it was always the plan to dip into the U21s to supplement the squad for Sunday’s FBD League opener against NUIG at MacHale Park (throw-in 2pm). With no U21 match tomorrow to worry about Stephen can now plunder at will on that front without being afflicted with guilt about burnout and what-not.
The cancellation of tomorrow’s match also means that the first appearance of the new jersey on a Mayo team has been put back 24 hours. It’s only right, I guess, that the seniors should get to debut it, even if the senior team in question will have a very unfamiliar look to it.