Junior All-Ireland final team named

Mayo dare to be different

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We named our team for Saturday’s All-Ireland JFC final against Kerry at Croke Park (throw-in 2pm) a short while ago tonight. Here’s the full list of the lads who’ll be wearing the black and florescent green strip as they take on the Kingdom in this year’s Junior football decider:

Mayo (All-Ireland JFC final v Kerry, 8/8/2015): Blake Forkan (Kiltimagh); Pat Barrett (Belmullet), Brendan Moran (Cill Chomain), Barry Leonard (Lahardane); Eoghan Collins (Ballyhaunis), Darren McHugh (Hollymount/Carramore), Eoin O’Donoghue (Belmullet); Peter Collins (Islandeady), Padraic Feerick (Hollymount/Carramore); Gavin Conway (Ballaghaderreen), Cathal Freeman (Aghamore, captain), Darren Durcan (Parke); Damien McGing (Ballintubber), John Hutton (Claremorris), Ronan Malee (Kiltimagh). Subs: Matthew Flanagan (Balla), Rowland McIntyre (Belmullet), Sean Gaughan (Belmullet), Declan Healy (Davitts), Mickey Barrett (Knockmore), Andrew Farrell (Killala), Michael Togher (Belmullet), Darragh Joyce (Islandeady), Mícheál Forde (Ballycastle).

The starting fifteen for Saturday’s decider shows two changes from the team that beat Kilkenny in the semi-final a few weeks back. Wing-backs Eoghan Collins and Eoin O’Donoghue come into the team instead of Sean Gaughan and Mickey Barrett respectively. Mícheál Forde, who saw senior action for us in the League this year, is an interesting addition to the subs list.

Kerry also named their team for Saturday’s final tonight – full details are here.

By the way, both Monaghan and Tyrone also named their teams tonight, which means that Donegal are the only county left out of the six playing on Saturday who haven’t yet released their team details. I’m not sure what the new rules are on this but by any stretch you’d have to say that they’re taking the mick just a little at this stage.

21 thoughts on “Junior All-Ireland final team named

  1. Best of luck to the Juniors, it would be great to get Saturday off in a winning way.
    MaighEo Abu

  2. Adam G is one of the long list of former minor greats that showed great potential but instead ended up on the surgeons table. Time for the county board to take notice.

  3. Time for the GPA to take notice of all these hip operations. Dessie Farrell silent, the injury crisis is the perfect agenda to campaign for professionalism and full time players.

  4. Best wishes to the Mayo Junior team, well done on getting to the final, it would be great if they could finish the job in Croke Park!

  5. Best of luck to the Junior team. Will be there to shout them on.

    On the issue of young players getting injured. How come it only seems to be us that is significantly effected by it? I have seen a lot of blame thrown at the fact we have not been successful at under-age (minor and U-21) due to recurring injuries suffered to young players.

    But other counties don’t seem to be affected. E.g. Kerry won last years minor and are favourites again to win after winning Munster easily. Why are they not affected?

    Similarly Tyrone an the U-21s, and Tipp who were unlucky at that U-21 grade and also progressed through to the minor semis this year. Or Roscommon and Galway wh have been so successful in Connacht for he past 5 or 6 years.

    What is so wrong with our setup?

  6. Best of luck to the juniors, it’ll be hard but if they get the bit of luck and make some luck of their own they will be champions tomorrow. No matter what, keep it going till the final whistle, you can catch them if you’re down a few scores and if you’re up a few, great, but don’t give them a finger hold, play til it’s over

  7. Best of luck to them.A very good team and have every chance. ?Willie Joe. I think Eoin O’Donoghue is a Belmullet man,and a good player too.

  8. Did Eoin O’Donoghue’s father play for Mayo back in the 80’s?
    Was it Liam his name was from out Geesala side, he played no7 as hard as nails!

  9. Re Donegal team, they made 3 changes to the named team against Galway.

    Lacey wasn’t on bench last week, so his fitness is unlikely to be 100%. (Unlike Kevin Keane against Sligo who was ‘injured’, but listed in subs and not given a run.

  10. JPM

    Players from every county get injured even at colleges level.The level of finess is so high and good players in such demands that it is inevitable.
    Same applies to other sports too.Actually the recurring injury is the worst…some players seem unable to get rid of injuries at all.

  11. The research was published long ago. Too many games and too many training sessions is the problem. GPA silent apart from wanting more studies. Farrell knows this is how he can phrase the agenda for professionalism. They need the time to recover so must be full time. They can’t play with clubs so must be fulltime. Can phrase the conversation then that GAA liable if refuse to allow professionalism as it is ignoring injuries. Farrell said in Spring no problem with too many games only small window during Sigerson.

  12. Pj, no that is Liam Donoghue you talk of! Father of 09/2010 minor Johnny Donoghue.

  13. Best wishes to the Mayo Junior team and management. It is a great achievement for any team to reach the AI final at any level. To play an All Ireland final game in Croke Park is extra special. I am hoping that they get good support from the Mayo supporters. I will be there on time shouting for them. I urge any Mayo supporter traveling to Croke Park to show these guys your appreciation, for their hard work, their focus and ambition. Irrespective of the result it will be a game to remember for Mayo football and an opportunity for you to play your part.

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