Panel for U20 Championship named

Our U20 Championship campaign gets underway tomorrow evening, with a Connacht Championship Round 1 clash with Roscommon at Dr Hyde Park. Throw-in is 5.30pm for what’s the first in a series of round-robin matches in this year’s provincial Championship, which is such a welcome change in format from the straight knockout of previous years.

Ahead of tomorrow evening’s opener, Mayo GAA earlier today released details of the team for the Roscommon game as well as the wider Championship panel. These details are as follows:

Mayo (Connacht U20 Championship v Roscommon, 20/3/2024): David Dolan (Balla); David Slattery (Claremorris), John MacMonagle (Castlebar Mitchels, vice-captain), Lorcan Silke (Westport); Jack Mulchrone (Kilmeena), Paul Gilmore (Claremorris), Yousif Coghill (Breaffy); Diarmuid Duffy (Ballinrobe), Conal Dawson (Westport); Finbar McLaughlin (Westport), Cathal Keaveney (Parke Keelogues Crimlin), Tom O’Flaherty (Aghamore, vice-captain); Darragh Beirne (Claremorris), Niall Hurley (Claremorris), Darragh Reilly (Parke Keelogues Crimlin). Subs: Dylan O’Brien (Davitts), Brendan Collins (Ballina Stephenites), Oisín Cronin (Balla), Tom Lydon (The Neale), Liam Maloney (Cill Chomáin), Seán Morahan (Castlebar Mitchels, captain), Liam Moore (Kilmeena), Conor Mulroy (Castlebar Mitchels), Eoin McGreal (Garrymore).

The members of the extended U20 panel for this year are as follows: Oliver Armstrong (Knockmore), Diarmuid Coggins (Crossmolina Deel Rovers), Fiachra Cruise (Moy Davitts), Owen Doherty (Kiltane), Jack Ferguson (Swinford), Ciaran Kilcoyne (Kilmeena), Jack Melvin (Davitts), Rio Mortimer (Claremorris), Aidan Sloyan (Ballyhaunis).

As Colm Boyle mentioned on our latest podcast episode, Dara Hurley, twin brother of Niall, is unfortunately out of action with a long-term injury and I guess that Ronan Clarke – who was so prominent for the U17s two years ago – must also be incapacitated for some reason. Aside from that duo, all the names you’d expect to see are there and it looks like a strong panel.

With Galway, Roscommon and defending champions Sligo all lacking nothing at this grade as well, it has the makings of a cracking provincial campaign over the coming weeks, aided greatly by the very welcome shift in format. Here’s wishing all the best to Peadar Gardiner, his management team, comprising Mark Ryan, Ger Cafferkey, James Horan, Keith Higgins and Noel Gibbons, and all the lads.

Tomorrow evening’s match is being streamed live by Connacht GAA (match pass €10) – details here. If you’re planning on getting to Hyde Park – and I’d say a fair few are – the link for tickets is here.

As you’d expect, we’ll be all over the U20 Championship on the podcast over the coming weeks. Mike and Rob will be at Hyde Park tomorrow evening and we’ll have a Final Whistle pod up on Patreon for our club members afterwards.

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20 thoughts on “Panel for U20 Championship named

  1. Though I think he has another year at least left at this grade im expecting to see eoin mcgreal in action from what I hear for a long time he’s the real deal.

  2. With the weather so bad and few pitches playable around the county didn’t U20 management use the Connacht GAA centre for their prep?

  3. It’s a real shame Clarke and DH are injured. Natural forwards. These guys need to be minded and put into the appropriate programmes. 18-20 is such a crucial phase of development. How many really good 17’s year olds have we seen fall away by the time they’re 21/22? Answer: loads.

  4. Really disappointed that maheady is not available, a scoring forward. Saw him last year with crossmolina, very impressive. Hopefully will be back soon.

  5. Two things to point out to everyone, if I may.

    The first is that some have taken to providing injury updates here on the blog – a specific example is James Carr – which haven’t been confirmed officially. My long-standing policy is that this isn’t the place to be sharing unconfirmed reports about players, whether to do with injuries or otherwise, and that’s still the policy. I appreciate that some wish to share information for genuine reasons but, unless some order is restored, this will quickly descend into people posting all kinds of unconfirmed tittle-tattle, which I definitely don’t want to see.

    The second point relates to the U20 panel and with an eye to the upcoming U17 campaign. Again, information about player injuries is being posted, the provenance of which cannot be confirmed so I’d appreciate if this would stop. Also, I had to delete a reference to a named player “liking the college lifestyle”, which is the kind of stuff I definitely don’t want to see posted here and I’d prefer if statements about concentrating on the Leaving Cert and the like weren’t made either.

    These are underage players so everyone needs to be extra careful about what’s being posted so, Retrocut, for that reason, I’m deleting your detailed comment in its entirety.

  6. I hope to see a more direct attacking style this year as last year was a hard watch. Best of luck to Mayo this evening.

  7. Jesus, incredibly frustrating. Rossies far the better, will be wondering how they didn’t win. Looked like men against boys at times, and a lot of our players looked like they believed the hype about themselves. Reminded me of Mayo of old.

  8. Got away with that one, thought Roscommon better team.
    And last sideline call could have went against us, but them the breaks, will take the point.

  9. Hopefully it’s just teething problems but the U20s lacked the verve and fluency of their time under Sean Deane. Very lucky to escape with a draw and some of the “big” names failed to show leadership.

  10. Match updates also dried up on the Mayo GAA Twitter account! The Rossies’ Twitter updates were faster and more detailed from start to finish.

  11. Mayo look to have all score updates on my feed WJ.
    Roscommon definitely be the disappointed ones, after that despite been big underdogs before hand.

    Draw gives both teams hope though when reflect back, the joy of round robins.

  12. They only infrequently listed scorers and were a few minutes behind the Rossies with updates all evening. No subs details either. Poor enough performance on the Twitter machine compared to the opposition.

  13. In mitigation I suppose, 17 year olds will struggle against 20 year olds, but I didn’t feel our senior panelists covered themselves in glory.

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