Match reports: Mayo Mick
It’s a glorious Monday morning here, with the whole week set to stay the same, and that horrible weather us plebs had to put up with on the terrace in Mullingar yesterday now a fast-fading memory. But we still have the match reports to look back on so here they are as well as more besides.
The Division One table as it stands this morning is here (courtesy of @MayoGAA). The same source confirmed last night, by the way, that Clare’s Rory Hickey – one of my least favourite refs of the current bunch, if I’m honest – will officiate at next Sunday’s match with Cork. This will be our second encounter with him this year as he also reffed our opening league match against Kildare last month.
That wasn’t the only announcement from the County Board last night, as they also released details of the team to play Roscommon in the preliminary round of this year’s Connacht U21 championship, a match that’s fixed for this Wednesday at MacHale Park with a 7.30pm throw-in. The U21 championship is, of course, championship football like it used to be – one slip and you’re gone – and Niall Heffernan’s charges have a tough opening against what is sure to be a confident and well-drilled Rossie outfit.
The winners in this one can have real ambitions of an extended run in this year’s U21 championship and we’ve named a strong team for it, details of which are as follows:
Mayo (Connacht U21 Championship v Roscommon, 12/3/2014): Matthew Flanagan (Balla); Kevin Lynch (Mayo Gaels), Liam Kitterick (Westport), Aidan Butler (Claremorris); Cian Burke (Ballymun Kickhams, Dublin), Stephen Coen (Hollymount/Carramore), Padraig O’Hora (Ballina Stephenites); Padraic Prendergast (Louisburgh), Diarmuid O’Connor (Ballintubber); Gareth O’Donnell (Charlestown Sarsfields), Michael Plunkett (Ballintubber), Adam Gallagher (Mayo Gaels, captain); James Shaughnessy (Claremorris), Evan Regan (Ballina Stephenites), Conor O’Shea (Breaffy). Subs: Shane Keane (Crossmolina Deel Rovers), Eoghan Collins (Ballyhaunis), Michael Hall (Breaffy), Brian Murphy (Ballintubber), Darragh Ruane (Bohola Moy Davitts), Sean Regan (Ballina Stephenites), Steven Conroy (The Neale), Anthony Jordan (Bohola Moy Davitts), Liam Irwin (Breaffy).
As Ed McGreal from the Mayo News (who did a Con Houlihan on it yesterday at Cusack Park, by the way, eschewing the comforts of the press box for the more earthy pleasures of the rain-sodden terrace with the rest of us) noted last night, this will be the ninth successive year that one of the O’Sheas will have played U21 championship football for the county, which is a truly remarkable statistic. March just won’t be the same in the O’Shea household come 2015!