We’re faced with the highly unusual situation this coming Sunday of a Connacht final taking place at McHale Park but where our lads aren’t one of the protagonists. We are, however, involved in the minor decider which throws in at 1.30 pm and where our opponents are Galway. Our team (and subs) for this match has just been named and here are the details:
Mayo (MFC v Galway): Paul Mannion (Mayo Gaels); Brendan Harrison (Aghamore), Niall Freeman (Aghamore), Ciaran Twomey (Ballina Stephenites); Ryan Quirke (Claremorris), Conor Walsh (Balla), Conor Horan (Swinford); Danny Kirby (Castlebar Mitchels), Sean McGarry (Ballina Stephenites); Fergal Durkan (Castlebar Mitchels), Mícheál Forde (Ballycastle), Sean Kelly (Moy Davitts); Cian Costello (Castlebar Mitchels), Darren Coen (Hollymount), Cillian O’Connor (Ballintubber). Subs: Rory Byrne (Castlebar Mitchels), Mark Regan (Moy Davitts), Ryan Warden (Ballyhaunis), Conor O’Shea (Breaffy), Darren Durkan (Parke), Adrian Leonard (Lahardane), Jack McDonnell (Swinford), James Shaughnessy (Claremorris), Keith Ruttledge (Knockmore), Brian Timlin (Knockmore), John Sammon (Burrishoole), Nicky Pilbrow (Claremorris), Josh Roynane (Davitts), David Twomey (Ballina Stephenites), Eamonn McAndrew (Belmullet).
The starting fifteen for Sunday is the same as the one that lined out against Leitrim in the semi-final the weekend before last, with the sole change being a positional one that sees Fergal Durkan and Sean Kelly swap wings in the half-forwards.