We’ve just named our team to play Meath on Sunday. It’s a case of changed, changed utterly for what’s effectively a dead-rubber meeting with the Royals at MacHale Park, with seven switches from last time. Here’s the starting fifteen we’ve named.
Mayo (NFL Division Two North v Meath, 30/5/2021): Robbie Hennelly (Breaffy); Eoin O’Donoghue (Belmullet); Óisin Mullin (Kilmaine), Lee Keegan (Westport); Michael Plunkett (Ballintubber), Stephen Coen (Hollymount/Carramore, captain), Fergal Boland (Aghamore); Matthew Ruane (Breaffy), Diarmuid O’Connor (Ballintubber); Fionn McDonagh (Westport), Darren McHale (Knockmore), Bryan Walsh (Ballintubber); Paul Towey (Charlestown Sarsfields), Cillian O’Connor (Ballintubber), James Carr (Ardagh).
So the raft of alterations sees Eoin O’Donoghue, Stephen Coen, Fergal Boland, Darren McHale, Bryan Walsh, Paul Towey and James Carr all coming into the side, with Ben Doyle, Paddy Durcan, Eoghan McLaughlin, Conor Loftus, Jordan Flynn, Tommy Conroy and Ryan O’Donoghue dropping out.
As well as replacing Paddy Durcan at centre-back, Stephen Coen also takes over the captain’s armband for this one. In doing so, this means that the Hollymount/Carramore will now have captained his county at Minor, U21 and Senior levels. That’s some achievement.
Sunday’s team also see two players making their full debuts in a competitive fixture at this level. While both Darren McHale and Paul Towey saw action off the bench last year they’ve yet to feature in a starting fifteen in League or Championship but on Sunday they get the opportunity to do so. The best of luck to them.