@MayoGAA promised last night that the details of the county’s team to play Galway in tomorrow afternoon’s U21 Connacht football semi-final at Tuam Stadium (throw-in 4pm) would be released at 1pm today and true to their word it was. Here’s the full list of starting fifteen and subs:
Mayo (U21 Connacht football semi-final v Galway, 23/3/2013): Paul Mannion (Mayo Gaels); Brendan Harrison (Aghamore), Niall Freeman (Aghamore), Aidan Butler (Claremorris); Conor Horan (Swinford), Conor Walsh (Balla), Eoghan Collins (Ballyhaunis); Danny Kirby (Castlebar Mitchels), Míchael Forde (Ballycastle); Adam Gallagher (Mayo Gaels), Evan Regan (Ballina Stephenites), James Shaughnessy (Claremorris); Darren Coen (Hollymount/Carramore), Conor O’Shea (Breaffy), Cillian O’Connor (Ballintubber, Captain). Subs: Rory Byrne (Castlebar Mitchels), Cian Burke (Ardnaree), Eoin Jordan (Ballaghaderreen), Mark Regan (Moy Davitts), Keith Rutledge (Knockmore), Eoghan Lavin (Kiltimagh), Fergal Durcan (Castlebar Mitchels), Cian Costello (Castlebar Mitchels), Sean Kelly (Moy Davitts), Sean McGarry (Ballina Stephenites), Kevin Lynch (Mayo Gaels), Ryan Quirke (Knockmore).
I don’t want to tempt fate or anything but that looks like a strong U21 team we’ve got there. The full-forward line looks fairly tasty and there’s nothing wrong with the half-forward and midfield sectors either. There are fewer household names at the back but two of the back six, as well as goalie Paul Mannion, played U21 last year as well so there’s plenty of experience there too. Best of luck to them tomorrow.
By the way, is there any danger of this match – or, indeed, the senior match on Sunday – falling foul of the weather? It’s been belting it down here since last night with strong winds adding to the general sense of jollity and club fixtures for the weekend are being scrapped en masse on this side of the country. I know the weather is coming from the east at the minute and so, unsually, we’re taking the brunt of the wind and rain on this occasion but you’d have to think that if the conditions don’t start to improve soon some of the weekend’s inter-county matches could also be under threat.