With thanks to Galwayman for the tip-off, the Tribesmen have tonight named their starting fifteen for Sunday’s Connacht first round clash with our lads at Salthill. For the record, here’s the team that Alan Mulholland has selected for Sunday:
Galway (Connacht SFC v Mayo, 19/5/2013): Manus Breathnach (An Spidéal); Johnny Duane (St. James), Colin Forde (Killererin), Gary Sweeney (Mountbellew/Moylough); Gareth Bradshaw (Moycullen), Keith Kelly (Ballinasloe), Gary Sice (Corofin); Niall Coleman (Annaghdown), Fiontan O’Curraoin (Micheal Breathnach); Thomas Flynn (Athenry), Paul Conroy (St. James), Conor Doherty (Tuam Stars); Sean Armstrong (Salthill/Knocknacarra), Michael Meehan (Caltra), Danny Cummins (Claregalway).
As that link above to the Galway GAA site makes clear, the Galway team named tonight contains a number of changes from the last team the county put out in the championship, which was in that qualifier defeat to Antrim last July. I’ve no idea, though, how many of the fifteen named are championship debutants – can anyone from the county confirm this?
The last time we played the Tribesmen in the championship was at Castlebar on that miserable, cold and wet day in late June 2011 where, after a fairly major first half scare, we ended up winning by six points. Galway’s team for Sunday contains just five survivors from that day – Duane, Forde, Bradshaw (who captains them on Sunday), Sice and Conroy. Meehan and Cummins also featured as subs that day.