We’ve just named our match-day panel of 26 for Sunday’s All-Ireland SFC preliminary quarter-final against Galway (throw-in 3pm). Here it is:
Mayo (All-Ireland SFC preliminary quarter-final v Galway, 25/6/2023): Colm Reape (Knockmore); Jack Coyne (Ballyhaunis), David McBrien (Ballaghaderreen), Padraig O’Hora (Ballina Stephenites); Sam Callinan (Ballina Stephenites), Conor Loftus (Crossmolina Deel Rovers), Paddy Durcan (Castlebar Mitchels, captain); Stephen Coen (Hollymount/Carramore), Matthew Ruane (Breaffy); Diarmuid O’Connor (Ballintubber), Jack Carney (Kilmeena), Jordan Flynn (Crossmolina Deel Rovers); Aidan O’Shea (Breaffy), James Carr (Ardagh), Ryan O’Donoghue (Belmullet). Subs: Rory Byrne (Castlebar Mitchels), Tommy Conroy (The Neale), Jason Doherty (Burrishoole), Enda Hession (Garrymore), Fionn McDonagh (Westport), Darren McHale (Knockmore), Donnacha McHugh (Castlebar Mitchels), Eoghan McLaughlin (Westport), Kevin McLoughlin (Knockmore, Cillian O’Connor (Ballintubber), Bob Tuohy (Castlebar Mitchels).
So, on paper at least, it’s just change from the team that lined out against Cork. Sam Callinan – who was picked to play but for some unknown reason didn’t feature at all last Sunday – comes in and Donnacha McHugh drops out. There’s just one change on the bench too but it’s a significant one. Cillian O’Connor comes in, replacing Paul Towey.
No more than Galway last night, I’d imagine there’s a fair bit of going through the motions with this team announcement. I think we can expect a few changes to both named teams before the ball is thrown in at Pearse Stadium on Sunday.
The best of luck to the lads in this pivotal clash.