The team to play Kerry in the first round of the League on Sunday in Killarney (throw-in 2pm) was named a short while ago. Here are the men in black for Sunday:
Mayo (NFL Division v Kerry, 1/2/2015): Robbie Hennelly (Breaffy); Stephen Coen (Hollymount-Carramore), Kevin Keane (Westport), Keith Higgins (Ballyhaunis); Lee Keegan (Westport), Chris Barrett (Belmullet), Patrick Durcan (Castlebar); Seamus O’Shea (Breaffy), Donal Vaughan (Ballinrobe); Kevin McLoughlin (Knockmore), Adam Gallagher (Mayo Gaels), Jason Doherty(Burrishoole); Evan Regan (Ballina Stephenites), Alan Freeman (Aghamore), Mark Ronaldson (Shrule/Glencorrib).
We’ve opted not to name our bench at this stage.
A good bit of experimentation there, though only two League debutants, I reckon – Stephen Coen at corner-back and Patrick Durcan at right half-back. No Boyler, no AOS, no Mickey C and plenty of other regulars missing too. The experiment of playing Donal Vaughan at full-back has been dispensed with (for now at least) with the rangy Ballinrobe man starting at midfield, while Kevin Keane lines out at full-back. Evan Regan starts a League game for the first time in almost two years while Mark Ronaldson returns to League action after a four-year absence.
Interesting times, for sure.