Out with the old, in with the new


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So, once again it’s almost time to bid farewell to the year that was and later on tonight prepare to welcome in the shiny, new one that comes mewling into the world at the stroke of midnight. Out with another year of what might have been, in with one of what might just be. And on we go.

With the birth of the new year comes the return to action on the field. First up are the U21s who on Saturday take on Fermanagh in the newly constituted North-West Cup and then on Sunday it’s the eagerly awaited first outing for the seniors under Stephen Rochford’s tutelage in the form of an FBD League clash against NUIG. A squad of 23 players was named last night for this match – full details here.

Once the football gets underway, the calm that’s prevailed here for the last few weeks will be over as another year’s action begins to unfold. I’m eking out the last few days of downtime till then but will be back behind the proverbial counter once the skin and hair starts flying again. Happy New Year, all.

37 thoughts on “Out with the old, in with the new

  1. Happy new year to all from Navan.Keep up the good work WJ. Looking at this panel it appears all players are getting a chance.

  2. One should always be hopeful on New Years Eve and I think that is a reasonable panel at this point.
    Hopefully others will step up too and on the law of averages it is time for a few new faces to force themselves on to the team not just the panel.
    Best wishes to everyone for 2016.

  3. WJ, thank you so much for all your efforts during the year (and previous years). 2015 was a very enjoyable year following the team and this blog. Looking forward to 2016 football already.
    Happy New year to all Mayo supporters at home and abroad. Keep the faith.

  4. Brilliant display of free fast-flowing football by Aghamore when putting Moy Davitts to the sword last night in Mayo U/21 final. WJ – you would have been proud of them. Lads that put down a marker for inclusion in the Mayo U/21 squad were Harrison,(lightening fast defender)Boland(a natural scoring forward)David Kenny(already in Senior panel) James Lyons(son of Jimmy) and 17 year old Ross Egan(man of the match). This is a very young team with the vast majority of them young enough again next year so the future augurs well for Aghamore and their manager Jimmy Lyons if they manage to keep this particular squad together going forward in the next few years.

  5. Just. Wondering will McHale park be playable this weekend, we had a little rain for the last few weeksy

  6. Happy New Year to one and all at home and abroad. This is a great time of the year, I love New Year and all it promises. I am not expecting much from our seniors or U21 teams this year. It would be nice to see the U21 squad reach a Connacht Final. Hope the senior team are still involved come the end of August or there about.Aghamore already a senior side are on the way up as long as these youngsters stay involved.

  7. Great to see some new faces ,,, opportunity for lads to step up ( even if it is in muck and shite ). It’s going to be tough on Stephen come league time to try out the new faces and stay up in div 1.. Best of luck to all and happy new year to all ,,. Hon mayo !

  8. I see Mayo GAA website has announced the panel for NUIG:

    Colm Boyle (Davitts);
    Ger Cafferkey (Ballina Stephenites);
    Caolan Crowe (Garrymore);
    Jason Doherty (Burrishoole);
    Andrew Farrell (Killala);
    Matthew Flanagan (Balla);
    Jason Gibbons (Ballintubber);
    Brendan Harrison (Aghamore);
    Robert Hennelly (Breaffy);
    Keith Higgins (Ballyhaunis);
    Kevin Keane (Westport);
    David Kenny (Aghamore);
    Conor Loftus (Crossmolina);
    Darren McHale (Knockmore);
    Shane McHale (Knockmore);
    Kevin McLoughlin (Knockmore);
    Shane Nally (Garrymore);
    Padraig O’Hora (Ballina Stephenites);
    Tom Parsons (Charlestown);
    Mark Ronaldson (Shrule-Glencorrib);
    Keith Ruttledge (Knockmore);
    James Stretton (Claremorris);
    Mikey Sweeney (Kiltane);

    Some interesting new names there.

    Happy New Year to one and all.

  9. Will he start the eight players that played against Dublin? It will be interesting to see.It would be nice to see some of the new guys getting game time.

  10. @Castlebarred

    Announced a minute ago by Mayo GAA

    Mayo GAA ?@MayoGAA 2m2 minutes ago
    U21 North West Cup: Mayo v @FermanaghGAA, in Belleek Saturday Jan 2nd at 12pm. #mayogaa #gaa

  11. From that squad, that’s been posted, looks like we can definitely say that Matthew Flanagan will be in goal.

  12. What’s the story with the o sheas , Dillon , David Clarke , Andy Moran , why are they not in squad ?

  13. Happy new year to all. Great times ahead and thanks very much to all players, management and board who all give (given) so much throughout the year.

    No matter what people say , it’s a fantastic time to a be a Mayo GAA person, proud as fuck of the efforts over these last few years.

    We are an established top team now, let’s make sure we never go back to mediocracy. Up Mayo.

  14. Best wishes for 2016 to the new management and players. Supporters we must get right behind our team back them to the hilt and our day will come. Believe.

  15. @samuel Maguire
    Don’t forget that was the 2015 u21 final you saw (farcical I know, that’s its played at this stage), so brendan Harrison will be overage for 2016. I’d expect so see him pushing hard for a senior spot now. Conor o Shea another one

  16. Hogan boy, see link under Sean Bourkes post [Happy Christmas] for those unavailable for next Sunday.

  17. @ @ Mac’s left boot 🙂
    It was Ciaran Harrison was the Harrison being referred to and he is U21 next year as are all of the Aghamore first 15 bar Darren Duffy. That’s going to be one incredible Aghamore team next year.
    In general Aghamore will immediately get a fillup of talent from:
    David Kenny – very stylish intelligent footballer
    Conor Kilkenny – Tight marking defender
    Darren Duffy – Good score taker with a nice left foot
    Fergal Boland – A player with huge potential. Very athletic and a good footballer
    James Lyons – A good score taker
    Ross Egan – Still minor next year and looks a great prospect.
    With that the rest of their U21 team also looked comfortable on the ball and were very fit.
    To be fair to Moy Davitts they were missing first choice midfielder Eamon Regan and ex Mayo minor Conor Byrne. Also they were a bit bamboozled by Aghamores blanket and swift counter attack. But all that would have just tightened up the scoreline. Aghamore would have beat the pick of a few teams they were so well drilled the other night. In particular it was the best display of counter attacking and forwards running into space I’v seen in a long time from a club side.
    Brian Reape battled hard for Moy Davitts, came away with 2-2 or 2-3 from play. Darragh Ruane was firefighting as best he could in the full backline. The incident where he pushed a forward back out mid air in second half showed his power.
    Could be a repeat final next year looking at both sides in 2016.

  18. Happy new year to w.j. And all fellow ever believer,s. Would anyone happen to know the throw in time for the London match,guessing 2 or 3, trying to book flights not bad value at the minute for a over and back from Dublin

  19. Its down for 3 throw in Richie duck.

    Quarter Final : London v Mayo, Sunday 29th May, (3pm, Irish TV Grounds, Ruislip) (Irish TV) (Replay Saturday 4th June)

  20. What can we expect from tomorrow’s game? Could the like’s of Kenny shore up our full back line, really need to find one or two players for our full back line…. Also looking forward to seeing Loftus and Ruttledge show what they can do on the county scene. I believe if we can find two defenders and two scoring forwards we can finally reach the promise land!

  21. No updates from under 21 game to be found anywhere . Anyone in here travel up to the game ?

  22. I see 3 Irish Times sports journalists predicting a Mayo All-Ireland in 2016. ( 4 votes for D
    ublin and 3 for Kerry also)

  23. That time could change yet Richie Duck! I’v been at a few match’s over the years in Ruislip but I cannot remember what times the match’s were on. It was either 2 or 3 (with the party after going on for a good few hours after that!) South Ruislip (I think) is the nearest tube to the pitch, about 15 min walk. Would be quicker if you were catching a flight back in the evening, might be tight though timewise.

  24. Flying back out at 20.30 from Luton mayo mick. Renting a 7 seater at the airport, 27 miles to airport from Ruislip according to Google maps. In at 9.30 in the morning, think that leaves plenty of room both ends

  25. Ah good stuff. Get out there early and parked up, (near the exit gate for quick escape after!) There’s parking along the road outside too If I remember, there maybe a bus lane though. Should be grand for time. See ya there!

  26. Mayo GAA official Twitter has now given the score as 1.12 to 0.7. Either way, it’s great to get the New Year off and running with a win. Bearing in mind that Pete McGrath is both the Senior and U21 manager for Fermanagh, it’s a good win for our lads

  27. Can”t say what the team was for today’s U21 even though I was there. no programme but then no admission charge either so can’t complain too much. I’m not good at recognising young fellows I might have seen once or twice or not at all in the past couple of years. But from what I could gather Fionan Duffy was impressive at no 15, Sharoise Akram was also impressive at half back and Matthew Flanagan was sound in goal if inclined to play a bit too much rather than getting in a quick clearance. Generally the team played well although with room for more sharpness. Time of year, I suppose. I understood the game was fixed for 12 noon but it was a 2 pm throwin. And it seems I was not the only Mayoman with that impression. Have to compliment local club Erne Gaels for a fine pitch given all the rain, even if the grass was a bit long. Again time of year, I suppose.

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