Jason Ryan has this morning named his team for Sunday’s league opener with our lads. Here it is:
Kildare (NFL Division One v Mayo, 2/1/2014): Shane Connolly; Mick O’Grady, Mick Foley, Hugh McGrillen; Kevin Murnaghan, Emmet Bolton, Paul Cribbin; Tommy Moolick, Gary White; Cathal McNally, Eoghan O’Flaherty, Sean Hurley; Paddy Brophy, Darroch Mulhall, Padraig Fogarty.
There’s not a huge amount more I can tell you about this team, to be honest (I can’t even list their clubs – I hate it when official teamsheets omit these details). What I can say, though, is that apart from swapping out goalkeepers – with Shane Connolly coming in for Mark Donnellan – it’s the same team that started last Sunday’s O’Byrne Cup final against Meath, a match that the Lilywhites won by four points. Compared to their last properly competitive match, however – their Round 4 qualifier loss to Tyrone in late July last year – there are just five survivors for Sunday: Shane Connolly, Hugh McGrillen, Emmet Bolton, Eoghan O’Flaherty and Paddy Brophy. So we can safely conclude that it won’t be just us that’s experimenting with new players at St. Conleth’s Park the next day.