We’ve just named our starting fifteen and subs for Sunday’s NFL Division One clash with Kerry at McHale Park (throw-in 2.30 pm). Here are the full details:
Mayo (NFL Division One v Kerry, 20/2/2011): Robert Hennelly (Breaffy); Tom Cunniffe (Castlebar Mitchels), Ger Cafferkey (Ballina Stephenites), Chris Barrett (Belmullet); Peadar Gardiner (Crossmolina), Trevor Howley (Knockmore), Kevin McLoughlin (Knockmore); Jason Gibbons (Ballintubber), Ronan McGarrity (Ballina Stephenites; Aidan Campbell (Swinford), Andy Moran (Ballaghaderreen), Alan Dillon (Ballintubber); Aidan O’Shea (Breaffy), Aidan Kilcoyne (Knockmore), Mark Ronaldson (Shrule-Glencorrib). Subs: Kenneth O’Malley (Ballinrobe), Cathal Hallinan (Ballintubber), James Burke (Ballymun Kickhams, Dublin), James Moran (Burrishoole), Tom Parsons (Charlestown), Cathal Freeman (Aghamore), Neil Douglas (Castlebar Mitchels), Jason Doherty (Burrishoole), Alan Feeney (Castlebar Mitchels), David Killeen (Ballinrobe), Cillian O’Connor (Ballintubber).
Plenty of talk about there. First up, switches from the Down game – six in total. In come Robert Hennelly, Chris Barrett, Peadar Gardiner, Trevor Howley, Aidan Campbell and Aidan Kilcoyne and out go Kenneth O’Malley, Cathal Hallinan, Keith Higgins, Richie Feeney, Enda Varley and Alan Freeman.
At least three (and possibly four) of those are easily explained, with Freeman and Varley both injured and with Keith Higgins away for a few weeks. Richie Feeney was taken off against Down suffering from what was described as “tight legs” so maybe he’s injured as well.
Kenneth O’Malley and Cathal Hallinan are both named in the subs so injury doesn’t appear to be a factor where they’re concerned. I can understand why the promising Breaffy man should be given his first league start between the sticks but I’ve no idea why Cathal has been dropped after his promising competitive debut against Down. This is especially so with Ger Cafferkey switching back to full-back and Trevor Howley coming in at centre-back. I thought Caff was being given a run at six (I know, Marty Clarke gave him a bit of a run-around there in the first half under the lights but James Horan professed himself happy with his second-half display) and you’d be hard pressed to find any brave soul who’d argue in favour of reinstating Trevor Howley in the pivotal centre-back position after the troubles he’s had there in the recent past. Why not Hallinan (or Killeen or maybe Alan Feeney) at 3 and leave Cafferkey at 6?
Further up, the selection is more along the lines expected, with Jason Gibbons now settling in at midfield and the two Aidans returning in the forwards. Andy Moran at 11 makes sense (keep belting them over Andy!) with Alan Dillon in his best position at 12. The injury list probably helped Aidan O’Shea to keep his place and while I’m not sure corner-forward is his ideal spot, he’ll probably be keeping Killer company there with Mark Ronaldson buzzing around further out.
It’s also interesting to see that Cathal Freeman and Jason Doherty are both named among the subs though whether or we’ll see them on the pitch at any stage is another matter.
That’s it – I think the Kerry team is due to be named later on and if it is, I’ll stick up the details here.