Well, the team has finally been announced for tomorrow’s clash with Fermanagh in Clones. Despite all the talk about expected absentees, the only three missing are DB, KoN and, of course, Ronan McG. The team is:
K O’Malley; L O’Malley, J Kilcullen, K Higgins; E Devenney, BJ Padden, P Gardiner; P Harte, J Nallen; A Campbell, T Mortimer, G Brady; C Mortimer, A Dillon, A Moran.
It would appear that Liam O’Malley, Enda Devenney and Aidan Campbell have recovered from their respective ailments and, thanks to this, changes have been kept to a minimum. The entire backline is unchanged from the Limerick game, James Nallen and Pat Harte come in for DB and Ronan at midfield, with Conor Mort filling KoN’s place by returning to the full-forward line and Aidan Campbell making the consequent shift to the half-forwards.
Two talking points, I guess. First, why Nallen rather than Heaney at midfield? Does this, as a contributor to Mayofans.com suggested yesterday, mean that Heaney’s days in a Mayo jersey are over? It’s beginning to look as if this could be the case, though apparently he’s doing exams at the minute and so he might have been excused for the trip. Second, what’s the story with the forward line? Alan Dillon at full-forward again? Tomorrow, where he’ll be up against Barry Owens, an All-Star full-back, should tell us all we need to know about that particular experiment.
The previews, predictably, all go our way. RTE, the Indo, the Irish Times and Gaa.ie all expect us to win. So do I and, for the first time this year, I’m actually going to see them play. The forecast for tomorrow is bad (rain, rain and more rain), it’ll involve a 180-mile round trip but that’s what being a supporter is all about, isn’t it?