The weekend is once more upon us and there’s action aplenty on over the next two days, with big matches involving the county in both hurling and football.
The hurlers first (for a change) where JP Coen’s charges are up against Donegal in the Nicky Rackard Cup semi-finals. This tie takes place tomorrow at O’Donnell Park, Letterkenny, where throw-in is set for 3.30pm. A place in the final against either Fingal or Armagh at Croke Park on June 4th awaits the winners.
Details of the team to play Donegal tomorrow are here. It’s an unchanged fifteen from that which lined out against Armagh last time out and that means that Keith Higgins starts again, at centre-forward. Well, I suppose it’ll get him used to appearing in attack once more for the footballers later in the summer.
The Mayo Advertiser have a preview of tomorrow’s semi-final – here.
The Juniors, meanwhile, have their Connacht final against Galway on Sunday. This fixture is the curtain-raiser at Pairc Sean Mac Diarmada in Carrick-on-Shannon, the first part of an attractive double-bill that also features the Connacht SFC quarter-final between Leitrim and Roscommon. The Junior final throws in at 1.30pm, while the senior match gets underway at 3.30pm. Ticketing details for Sunday are here.
The team named to face Galway in the final is here. The starting fifteen shows a number of changes from the side that narrowly prevailed against Sligo in the semi-final earlier this month, notably with the addition of two members of the All-Ireland winning U21s. Belmullet’s Eoin O’Donoghue comes in at corner-back while Sharoize Akram of Ballaghaderreen is named at wing-back.
There’s also a preview of the JFC final in today’s Mayo Advertiser – here.
Best of luck both to the hurlers and the Juniors in their respective matches this weekend.