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 gaaboard.com 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.