There’s more on Mayofans.com and in a comment from ontheroad in response to yesterday’s post about the challenge match against Meath. We lost by either 2-17 to 1-16 (ontheroad) or 2-16 to 0-16 (Mayofans.com). Either way, we lost but, as might be expected, it sounds as if the workout was more important than the result. We led by a point at half-time but their superior fitness – the Royals open their Leinster campaign next Sunday and they were away in Portugal for most of the past week – told in the second half. The changes we made at half-time also seemed to work against us, with Joe Sheridan and Graham Geraghty given greater freedom which they exploited to the full.
Our starting line-up was, according to Mayofans.com, as follows: David Clarke; Trevor Howley, James Nallen, Colm Boyle; David Heaney, Tom Cunniffe, Keith Higgins; Ronan McGarritty, Pat Harte; Aidan Kilcoyne, Alan Dillon Mickey Mullins; Conor Mortimor, Austin O’Malley, Mark Ronaldson. Subs introduced included Andy Moran, Pat Kelly, Trevor Mortimor, Billy Joe and Peadar Gardiner, with the latter two getting their first run-out since the injuries they suffered some time ago.
It’s interesting that Cunniffe started at CHB with Howley in the corner, though the experiment only lasted till half-time. Howley got injured right at the end and was stretchered off. Let’s hope that was just a precaution – losing Howley from the back six would, in my opinion, be an absolute disaster for us.