We’ve just named the team for our first competitive outing of the year. Here it is:
Mayo (NFL Division Two North v Down): Robbie Hennelly (Breaffy); Enda Hession (Garrymore), Oisin Mullin (Kilmaine), Lee Keegan (Westport); Michael Plunkett (Ballintubber), Paddy Durcan (Castlebar Mitchels), Rory Brickenden (Westport); Matthew Ruane (Breaffy), Diarmuid O’Connor (Ballintubber); Fionn McDonagh (Westport), Kevin McLoughlin (Knockmore), Jordan Flynn (Crossmolina Deel Rovers); Tommy Conroy (The Neale), Cillian O’Connor (Ballintubber), Ryan O’Donoghue (Belmullet).
So, even though, to the untrained eye, this might seem line a much-changed Mayo team, there’s a fair bit of continuity in this selection with the players who saw action last year. Indeed, nine of the starting fifteen for tomorrow also lined out from the start in last December’s All-Ireland final, while another two joined the fray then off the bench.
Comparing those two selections, into the starting team for tomorrow come Robbie Hennelly, Enda Hession, Michael Plunkett, Rory Brickenden, Fionn McDonagh and Jordan Flynn, while out go David Clarke and Chris Barrett (both now retired), as well as Stephen Coen, Eoghan McLaughlin, Conor Loftus and the injured Aidan O’Shea.
Special congrats to Garrymore’s Enda Hession, whose first ever appearance at Senior level it is tomorrow. It’s a big day for him and here’s hoping he gets on well. Westport’s Rory Brickenden also gets his first start in a competitive Senior match, but he made two substitute appearances in last year’s Connacht Championship so he’s a bit more acclimatised to football at this level. The best of luck to him too and to the rest of the lads as well.