Those ever-informative Club Mayo Dublin people are saying that it’ll be Sunday before we find out for definite what the team to face Westmeath is going to be but they do provide details of the team that’ll appear in the match programme. This confirms that Barry Moran, Pat Harte and Billy Joe are definite absentees but the jury appears to be still out on whether or not Ger Cafferkey or Alan Dillon will be okay to line out. Definitely coming into the team are Barry Kelly at right half-forward, Austin O’Malley at full-forward and Mark Ronaldson at top-of-the-left. As expected, Andy Moran is named at left half-back, having done well when moved there for the second half against Donegal.
Once again, Mikey Sweeney has to be content with a place on the bench. There’s no sign, either, of Barry Regan – I assume he must be injured as he’s not even listed amongst the subs. As a result, Austie is probably the only option we have for full-forward on Sunday but I assume that, given his penchant for wandering out beyond the fifty and Mark Ronaldson’s inclusion inside, we could be back into the land of pumping high ball into small men down in Charlestown.
For the record, then, here’s the holding fifteen named for Sunday but stand by with your biros ahead of the throw-in for details of further possible last-minute changes:
MAYO (NFL Division 1 v Westmeath, 8/3/2009): David Clarke; Liam O’Malley, Ger Cafferkey, Donal Vaughan; Peadar Gardiner, Tom Cunniffe, Andy Moran; Tom Parsons, Ronan McGarritty; Barry Kelly, Trevor Mortimer, Alan Dillon; Conor Mortimer, Austin O’Malley, Mark Ronaldson.
Westmeath have also named their team for Sunday, which shows four changes – including three inter-county debutants – from the one beaten out the door by Derry in their last outing (more on these changes here). Here it is:
WESTMEATH (NFL Division 1 v Mayo, 8/3/2009): G Connaughton; F Boyle, K Gavin, J Keane; M Ennis, D Heavin, D Harte; N Kilcoyne, D Duffy; E Leonard, P Kelly, C Reilly; K Martin, T McDaniel, D Glennon.
Oh, before I forget – for those of you in the Face The Ball Mini-League, you’ll need to complete your weekend predictions by midnight tonight as there are a number of matches being played tomorrow.