We’ve named our team to play Galway tomorrow evening in the opening round of this year’s National League Division One. Here’s the first selection of the Kevin McStay era:
Mayo (NFL Division One v Galway 28/1/2023): Colm Reape (Knockmore); Jack Coyne (Ballyhaunis), Rory Brickenden (Westport), Enda Hession (Garrymore); Stephen Coen (Hollymount/Carramore, captain), Conor Loftus (Crossmolina Deel Rovers), Donnacha McHugh (Castlebar Mitchels); Matthew Ruane (Breaffy), Diarmuid O’Connor (Ballintubber); Fionn McDonagh (Westport), Jack Carney (Kilmeena), Jordan Flynn (Crossmolina Deel Rovers); Aiden Orme (Knockmore), James Carr (Ardagh), Ryan O’Donoghue (Belmullet).
Plenty of time has passed since our most recent competitive outing – a whole seven months – and, of course, we’ve had a change in management team too since that All-Ireland quarter-final defeat to Kerry. Added to that we’ve seen the departure to Australia of Oisín Mullin and the retirement of Lee Keegan so it’s no surprise that the team named to face Galway tomorrow night at MacHale Park is a much-changed one from that which lined out at Croke Park late last June.
In all, tomorrow night’s team shows eight changes from the one that started against Kerry. In come League debutants Colm Reape in goal and Jack Coyne at corner-back, along with Rory Brickenden, Donnacha McHugh, Fionn McDonagh, Aiden Orme, James Carr and Ryan O’Donoghue while out go Robbie Hennelly, Lee Keegan, Oisín Mullin, Paddy Durcan, Eoghan McLaughlin, Aidan O’Shea, Kevin McLoughlin and Cillian O’Connor.
The very best of luck to Kevin and his team tomorrow night. Up Mayo.