Sligo have named their starting fifteen to face us on Sunday. It’s an unchanged line-up from the one that started against London. Here it is:
Sligo (Connacht SFC v Mayo): P Greene; C Harrison, P Naughton, R Donovan; P McGovern, M McNamara, E McHugh; E O’Hara, K Quinn; B Curran, B Egan, J Davey; G Gaughan, M Breheny, D Kelly.
The big talking point is that captain Noel McGuire still isn’t ready to return at full-back, where Padraig Naughton continues to deputise. I’d still say we might see the Easkey man on the pitch at some stage on Sunday. Tommy Jordan has also made a few positional switches, notably by moving Johnny Davey from the half-backs to the half-forward line, but the team named represents continuity rather than change. I suppose we might see the Mayo team later tonight (I’ll be checking the Mayo GAA website around the witching hour, just to be sure) and it would be great if we do as it’ll put us out of our agony about all those up-for-grabs places in the backs and the injuries up top.
Poor old Paul Galvin. I know he’s a bit of a scut but I can’t see how he deserved 24 weeks for what he did on Sunday. Sure, it was dumb beyond belief and he should have been able to keep a lid on his temper, not least because a second yellow sending-off wouldn’t have ruled him out of the Cork game and would have made no difference to the outcome of Sunday’s lopsided clash with the Bannermen. Messing with the ref means that he had to get punished but surely something like 12 weeks would have been enough in the circumstances? Now he’s been made a martyr of and so Kerry have, as has already been pointed out by a poster on this site, the perfect motivation to drive on for the three-in-a-row.