We’ve named our team for Sunday’s NFL Division One Round 2 meeting with Tyrone at Healy Park in Omagh (throw-in 2.30pm). Here’s the starting fifteen we’ve named for this one:
Mayo (NFL Division One v Tyrone, 3/2/2019): Robbie Hennelly (Breaffy); Eoin O’Donoghue (Belmullet), Brendan Harrison (Aghamore), Keith Higgins (Ballyhaunis); James McCormack (Claremorris), Lee Keegan (Westport), Paddy Durcan (Castlebar Mitchels); Diarmuid O’Connor (Ballintubber, captain), Donal Vaughan (Castlebar Mitchels); Fionn McDonagh (Westport), Aidan O’Shea (Breaffy), Ciaran Treacy (Ballina Stephenites); Conor Diskin (Claremorris), Brian Reape (Bohola Moy Davitts), Jason Doherty (Burrishoole).
So it’s three changes from the team that started last Saturday night against Roscommon. In come three players making their full League debuts – James McCormack and Fionn McDonagh (both of whom came on as late subs against Roscommon), as well as Ciaran Treacy. Out go Colm Boyle, Fergal Boland and Evan Regan.
That makes for a very youthful forward line, with Conor Diskin and Brian Reape both retained from the last night. Aidan O’Shea, named at 11 but (regardless of what certain pundits might opine about the merits of giving him that jersey) likely to spend most of the game around midfield, and Jason Doherty provide some experience in this sector.
The policy of rotating the captainship continues too. Diarmuid O’Connor will lead the team out at Healy Park on Sunday.
The last time we played Tyrone was, of course, in that embarrassing 12-point defeat to them at MacHale Park last March. Six players named to start on Sunday also featured on that chastening day: Eoin O’Donoghue, Lee Keegan, Aidan O’Shea, Diarmuid O’Connor and Jason Doherty all started that game, while Paddy Durcan joined the fray from the bench.
Good luck to the lads on Sunday, in particular to the three players making their full debuts in a competitive inter-county fixture.