Mort in for Sweeney only change for us

mikey-sweeney_The team for tomorrow’s match has been announced, although – surprise, surprise – you won’t find it on the official Mayo GAA website yet. Indeed, the team line-up hasn’t appeared at all as yet in the usual online haunts but I’ve got two sources for the announcement (this one from and PJ, who heard it on the radio this morning) so that’s good enough for me.

There’s just one change from the last day, and a predictable one it is too, with Conor Mortimer returning in place of Mikey Sweeney.  I assume Mort will start in his usual top-of-the-right position, which should mean that Andy Moran switches wings.  I think young Sweeney is a bit unlucky to lose out: if it were up to me (which it transparently isn’t), I’d’ve given Andy the spot on the bench and left Mikey where he was.  Anyway, for the record, here’s the team:

MAYO (v Donegal, NFL, 14/2/2009): David Clarke; Liam O’Malley, Ger Cafferkey, Donal Vaughan; Peadar Gardiner, Tom Cunniffe, Pat Kelly; Tom Parsons, Ronan McGarritty; Billy Joe Padden, Trevor Mortimer, Alan Dillon; Conor Mortimer, Barry Moran, Andy Moran.

By the way, it now looks as if Setanta have scrapped their plans to show deferred coverage of the match tomorrow night.  The TV listings for their Ireland channel now says that they’ll be showing “live action from Day Three of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am where the finest golfers from around the world compete with amateurs“.  Lovely, fucking lovely.  And I’m not even sure that the match will get the Mike and Billy live treatment on Madwest tomorrow either: I have visions of being entertained instead by short snippets of updates interspersed with music from the likes of Smokie.  This wasn’t how it was meant to be …

Finally, if you’re in the Mini-League, don’t forget to do your Week 2 predictions by midnight tonight.  I dunno about the rest of you but after my horrendous opening week, I’m planning on a more risk-averse set of forecasts this time round.

3 thoughts on “Mort in for Sweeney only change for us

  1. Agree about Sweeney losing his place WJ. I would of kept him in at the expense of Mort or Moran.
    We all know what both of them can do, so why not give Sweeney a bit more experience at this level?
    I was hoping this league campaign would give us an opportunity to try out a host of new faces. I’m glad to see JOM is doing that with our full-back line at least.
    I’m thinking the Derry result has maybe changed focus slightly. The more we seem to be getting involved in a relegation scrap, the more I think we will see some of the old guard coming back into the picture.
    Pretty pissed off with Donegal and the change of venue now. I was looking forward to spending Valentines night in watching Mayo and getting a good look at how we are shaping up for the season ahead. Who said romance is dead?

  2. Indeed, Dan – I had nice romantic thoughts about tuning into Setanta at 9.30 pm tomorrow night as well but that no longer seems to be an option. Oh well, I’m sure there’ll be a few slushy movies to choose from instead!

  3. Good to see Conor back in a hopefully he will give us a fresh option going forward.

    Really bad craic Setanta. Now looking like no mayo games will be on tele during the league season.

    Just need to console myself with coming over for the Dubs game in March.

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