Right – time to drag myself away momentarily from all that’s happening here, as the teams who will contest Sunday’s Connacht final were both announced a bit earlier on this afternoon. Thanks to all who beat me to it with the details but, for those who haven’t yet seen the teams, here they are.
Our lads first:
Mayo (Connacht SFC Final v Sligo, 15/7/2012): David Clarke (Ballina Stephenites); Kevin Keane (Westport), Ger Cafferkey (Ballina Stephenites), Keith Higgins (Ballyhaunis); Lee Keegan (Westport), Donal Vaughan (Ballinrobe), Colm Boyle (Davitts); Barry Moran (Castlebar Mitchels), Danny Geraghty (Ballintubber); Kevin McLoughlin (Knockmore), Cillian O’Connor (Ballintubber), Alan Dillon (Ballintubber); Enda Varley (Garrymore), Andy Moran (Ballaghaderreen), Jason Doherty (Burrishoole).
So it’s just the one change, with Enda Varley coming in for Alan Freeman at corner-forward. Jason Doherty keeps his place – James really must be hoping the goals will eventually start to reappear – in the other corner and so there are no starting slots for either Conor Mortimer or Michael Conroy.
The backs are unchanged so Richie Feeney is kept on the leash. He’ll be a good man to bring on at the opportune moment. No Aidan O’Shea, either, though I’d say – depending on how things are going – he could make an appearance at some stage as well.
As we did for the Leitrim game, the list of subs has been withheld at this stage so that’s one more reason, I guess, to part with some cash for a programme when you get to Hyde Park on Sunday.
And so to the Magpies who have named the following team for the provincial decider:
Sligo (Connacht SFC Final v Mayo, 15/7/2012): Philip Greene (St John’s); Neil Ewing (Drumcliffe/Rosses Point), Johnny Martyn (St Mary’s), Ross Donovan (Eastern Harps); Charlie Harrison (St John’s), Mark Quinn (St Molaise Gaels), Paul McGovern (Eastern Harps); Shane McManus (Geevagh), Tony Taylor (Eastern Harps); Alan Costello (Coolera/Strandhill), Pat Hughes (Geevagh), Brendan Egan (Tourlestrane); Mark Breheny (St Mary’s), Adrian Marren (Curry), David Kelly (Tubbercurry).
They haven’t named any subs either at this stage and, like ourselves, their fifteen shows just one change from their previous outing, with Tony Taylor coming in at midfield in place of Eugen Mullin.
That’s it – back to the sea and the sun and all that.