I’m a bit off the pace on team news tonight (in my defence my flight back from Heathrow landed less than an hour ago) but, as Club Mayo Dublin announced a bit earlier this evening, here’s the team for the FBD clash with Connacht champions Roscommon at Ballyhaunis on Saturday (throw-in 2 pm). It’s a case of all change, with an entirely different fifteen named to start compared to the side that lined out against GMIT last Saturday night. Here’s the line-up for Sunday:
Mayo (FBD League v Roscommon, 23/1/2011): Kenneth O’Malley (Ballinrobe); Keith Higgins (Ballyhaunis), David Killeen (Ballinrobe), Eoghan Reilly (Castlebar Mitchels); Trevor Howley (Knockmore), Lee Keegan (Westport), Ruaidhrí O’Connor (Ballintubber); James Kilcullen (Ballaghaderreen), Barry Moran (Castlebar); Ian Rowland (Crossmolina), Cathal Freeman (Aghamore), Andrew Farrell (Killala); Enda Varley (Garrymore), Mark Ronaldson (Shrule-Glencorrib), Brian Benson (Crossmolina).
It’s not, of course, a complete changing of the guard from last Saturday night, as Lee Keegan, Ruaidhrí O’Connor, Enda Varley and Mark Ronaldson all came on as subs against GMIT, while Trevor Howley, Barry Moran and Brian Benson were all on the original starting fifteen for the GMIT match but none of them lined out on the night.
Of the others, it’s good to see all that upcoming underage talent being given a run-out and it’s especially gratifying to see Cathal Freeman get a start on his return from that horrible leg break he suffered some time ago. It’s also great to see James Kilcullen’s return to the senior fold after a too-long absence.