Team named for Sunday

A short while ago we named our team to face Galway in the opening round of this year’s National Football League. The match throws in at Pearse Stadium on Sunday at 1.45pm and here’s the starting fifteen we’ve named for it:

Mayo (NFL Division One v Galway, 28/1/2024): Colm Reape (Knockmore); Jack Coyne (Ballyhaunis), David McBrien (Ballaghderreen), Rory Brickenden (Westport); Paddy Durcan (Castlebar Mitchels, captain), Sam Callinan (Ballina Stephenites), Eoghan McLaughlin (Westport); Bob Tuohy (Castlebar Mitchels), Stephen Coen (Hollymount/Carramore); Fergal Boland (Aghamore), Jack Carney (Kilmeena), Jordan Flynn (Crossmolina Deel Rovers); Aidan O’Shea (Breaffy), Tommy Conroy (The Neale), Ryan O’Donoghue (Belmullet).

Our last competitive outing was around 200 days ago, against Dublin in the All-Ireland quarter-final and the team we’ve named for Pearse Stadium shows three changes from the one that lined out in Croke Park last June. Into the team come Rory Brickenden, Bob Tuohy and the recalled Fergal Boland and they replace Padraig O’Hora, Matthew Ruane and Diarmuid O’Connor.

The best of luck to the lads on Sunday.

UPDATE: The Galway team has now been named for Sunday as well, full details on which are here.

21 thoughts on “Team named for Sunday

  1. Interesting team . No objections IF that team starts .let’s hope their is a good sprinkling on newbies on the bench . While we would all like to beat Galway and do well in the league. We need to test as many players and formats in the league as possible to learn as much as possible for Championship

  2. Looks like a good team. Happy with it. Only concern is sound midfield. Also a very attack focused HB line

  3. Strong team which suggests we are going after points on the board early. Best of luck to Fergal Boland we know he’s well capable of getting scores.

    Very strong back 7 and with McHugh, Hession, Plunkett and O Hora lurking plenty of comp for places. Callinan at 6 very interesting.

    The plan for the half forward line is critical to our chances this year, 2 midfield type players starting there again as it stands in Carney and Flynn, and whilst Flynn has found his scoring range in that position it hasn’t gone as well for Carney there. Finding roles for 6 or 7 lads between positions 8 and 12 in the squad will be something McStay has to get right in terms of a proper scoring return .

  4. Galway team named..
    No Jack Glynn, Liam Silke, Sean Kelly , Mc Daid inj and Tierney on the bench.
    A few newbies and one or two returning after an absence..
    Undoubtedly Mayo should win this now…

  5. Surprised at that team. Looks strong on paper, but how fit are they? aside from the sigerson lads. Im really hoping we are well behind on fitness than this time lsst year.

    I’ve been on here saying Id love game time for Callinan at 6 and Tuohy in midfield. So im happy in that regard. Glad to see Ruane and Diarmuid being giving a break (if not injured) Dont see both Ryan and Tommy starting. Carney in last chance saloon this season. Boland seems a bit back to the future. No doubting his skills, but the physicality just isn’t there. He wasn’t good enough 2 or 3 years ago, don’t see what has changed. Brickenden was well hyped on here after a charity match. Lets see if he has improved to match the hype.

  6. Tuamstar – any team that can spring forwards of the caliber of Conroy, Tierney and Finnerty are going to be very hard to beat on their home ground.

  7. I haven’t posted in a while but the start of a new season gets everybody pumped up !
    First up is the structure of the season nowadays.
    Four competitions squeezed into a 6 month season.
    It’s no joke meeting Galway & the Rossies in all four competitions one after the other.
    I believe we need to drop two of the four competitions and concentrate on the big two ..
    the League & the Championship Series.
    The FBD & Provincial Championship is for experimentation & our second string ..
    that’s the time to experiment.
    The League is now very important as it is linked to Championship.
    Staying in Division 1 is crucial.
    That means 3 of the 7 League matches have to be won.
    Six points will likely keep us up.
    If we drop to Division 2 we’re going to need at least 10 points to get back up.
    That’s 5 wins from 7 matches.
    I don’t believe it’s realistic to do Division 1, Provincial Championship ,
    and All Ireland Series in a condensed timescale.
    Now on to the team.
    We have enough to cope with anybody at both ends of the field.
    Alas, we are below All Ireland standard in our middle 8.
    The midfield diamond namely jersies 6,8,9, and 11 have not been performing to the level required.
    To this we can add jersey Number 10 as well.
    That’s 5 of our middle 8.
    For me everything depends on how we fill these 5 jersies this season.
    That has to be our focus throughout the League.
    Finally, we as supporters need to stop getting over excited when we win
    or down in the dumps when we lose.
    We need to focus on the performance win or lose.
    It’s consistent performance that will get us over the line one day.
    Here’s to a fruitful 2024 & plenty to get excited about !

  8. Interesting Galway team named with Egan and McCabe young lads from Corofin named on the bench and O’Conghaile named to start. It looks like PJ will be experimenting in the league with a fair few lads to come back into the squad. It would be nice to pick up the points but Mayo are not far off full strength so it will be a big test for the Galwaymen.

  9. What a half back line! Has to be the paciest in the country. Very powerful tacklers as well.

    Not to go on about it and I’m glad they’ve seen the error of their ways but Boland starting against the biggest rivals after not making the squad last year is crazy. No doubt he’ll do his usual and kick a few from play. Half forward line has much more balance to it already just by adding him in. I assume Flynn will go to midfield with Bob and Coen into the half back line.

    That’s a crazy strong team for the first round when they’re supposed to be experimenting a bit more. Lot of pressure on Bob, hopefully he shows well.

  10. No sure that Brickendon and Callinan won’t swap positions which would be a pity because I think k chb is made for Sam.

  11. I like the Mayo 15 but I look at Galway and think “that’s a shawl” and then a lot of fire power off the bench.

    Galway seem lacking in height though.

    Head says Tierney to win it late.
    Heart says they can’t handle our full forward line.

  12. Hard to know where teams are at fitness wise, etc at this of year. As we all know there is usually not much between these two but I expect Galway to win on Sunday. I think it will be a disappointing year for us again. We have no new personal so it would require a major tactical shift for us to improve on last year and I can’t see that happening. I am still traumatised by what I witnessed against Louth and Cork last year…

  13. Decent looking team on paper and some interesting selections. Particularly delighted to see young Callinan at CHB as I feel he has all the attributes to nail down that vital and problem position for the next decade and more. Happy also to see Brickenden and hope he gets a good injury free run this year to see if he makes the grade. Tuohy also getting a shot at midfield-he has the height and ability in another of our problem areas. Good to see Boland getting another go. I hope he gets a decent run and I think he is in the last chance saloon and needs to take this opportunity. As for the game itself, I have absolutely no idea how it will go. I am just hoping for a good performance and signs of progress.

  14. Common Mayo, with names like Carney playing how can you lose. Get off to a good start to what a been an honer able opposition
    Mick

  15. Would have preferred a bit more experiment in the side. You’d never know if it’ll line out as is or who he’ll bring in. A mid table finish, establish a few more players and a relatively clean bill of health would be a very good league.

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