We’ve announced our starting team for tomorrow’s do-or-die Round 2A qualifier against Derry at MacHale Park (throw-in 5pm). Here it is:
Mayo (All-Ireland SFC qualifiers Round 2A v Derry, 1/7/2017): David Clarke (Ballina Stephenites); Brendan Harrison (Aghamore), Ger Cafferkey (Ballina Stephenites), Chris Barrett (Belmullet); Colm Boyle (Davitts), Lee Keegan (Westport), Paddy Durcan (Castlebar Mitchels); Seamus O’Shea (Breaffy), Tom Parsons (Charlestown Sarsfields); Fergal Boland (Aghamore), Diarmuid O’Connor (Ballintubber), Stephen Coen (Hollymount/Carramore); Kevin McLoughlin (Knockmore), Cillian O’Connor (Ballintubber), Andy Moran (Ballaghaderreen).
So it’s just the two changes from the team that started in the Connacht semi-final defeat to Galway a few weeks back. In comes Brendan Harrison at corner-back, replacing the suspended Keith Higgins, while Colm Boyle is restored to the starting fifteen at wing-back in place of Donal Vaughan.
The team named contains two survivors from the county’s one and only previous championship meeting against Derry. David Clarke was between the sticks that depressing day up in Celtic Park back in July 2007 while Andy Moran started that game at corner-forward. Alan Dillon and Barry Moran, who are both still on the senior panel but who don’t start tomorrow, also lined out for us against the Oakleafers ten years ago.
Derry have also named their team for tomorrow, full details here.