We named our team to face Meath on Sunday earlier on today. For the record, here it is:
Mayo (NFL Division One v Meath, 9/2/2020): Robbie Hennelly (Breaffy); Padraig O’Hora (Ballina Stephenites), James McCormack (Claremorris), Brendan Harrison (Aghamore); Eoin O’Donoghue (Belmullet), Michael Plunkett (Ballintubber), Paddy Durcan (Castlebar Mitchels); Stephen Coen (Hollymount/Carramore, captain), Diarmuid O’Connor (Ballintubber); Fergal Boland (Aghamore), Ryan O’Donoghue (Belmullet), James Durcan (Castlebar Mitchels); Tommy Conroy (The Neale), James Carr (Ardagh), Kevin McLoughlin (Knockmore).
So it’s four changes from the side that started the last evening against Dublin. In come James McCormack, Eoin O’Donoghue, Tommy Conroy and Kevin McLoughlin, while out go Oisín Mullin (with the U20s this weekend), Colm Boyle (injured, presumably), Jordan Flynn (suspended) and Aidan O’Shea (though it’ll be a surprise, to be honest, if he doesn’t start in Navan).
For Eoin O’Donoghue it’s a first start for the county in a competitive game this year. The last time Eoin lined out from the start in a game for us was against Monaghan in the League last March, while James’ most recent start was against New York over in Gaelic Park in the first round of the Connacht Championship last May.
After two positive cameos off the bench against Donegal and Dublin, Tommy Conroy is named to start on Sunday. That makes it his full League debut so the best of luck to him then.
Between retirements, injuries and unavailabilities we’ve a huge amount of turnover in the team named for Sunday compared to the one that started against Meath in the Super 8s at Croke Park last July.
Only four of next Sunday’s team – Brendan Harrison, Stephen Coen, Kevin McLoughlin and Fergal Boland – also started that game last summer, on a day, incidentally, that we beat Meath for the first time in the Championship since the All-Ireland final of 1951. Four more of Sunday’s team did, though, appear as subs that day at HQ with James Carr, Eoin O’Donoghue, James McCormack and Michael Plunkett all getting a run off the bench then.
No sign of Meath naming their team for Sunday yet from what I can see.
Finally, just for info, Sunday’s game is being shown live by TG4 on their YouTube channel – details here.