Team to face Sligo named

We’ve named our team for tomorrow’s Senior football challenge match against Sligo, the first game under the new management team headed by Kevin McStay.

The match, which is being held in association with Mindspace Mayo to raise awareness about mental health issues, will be played at James Stephens Park, Ballina, where throw-in is 1pm. Here’s the starting fifteen we’ve named for it:

If you’re planning on heading to the game tomorrow, then just remember that match tickets need to be purchased in advance – it’s €10 for adult admission, with free admission for U16s. You can buy tickets online here. The game is also being streamed on Mayo GAA TV (match pass is €10) – details here.

We’ll have out first Mayo Football Podcast episode of 2023 online for our Patreon club members shortly after tomorrow’s match is over. Mike will be doing the honours on what’s set to be the first of many Final Whistle pods we’ll be releasing on match days this year.

If you want to join the club, you can do so here, where annual membership is available at a 10% discount on the monthly rate, with the annual sub costing €54 plus VAT.

Earlier on today, by the way, we also named our match-day panel for tomorrow’s Connacht Hurling League match against Leitrim, which takes place in the Dome at the Connacht GAA Centre of Excellence. That match gets underway at 3pm tomorrow and details of Mayo’s match-day panel for it are here.

37 thoughts on “Team to face Sligo named

  1. Good to see Callinan, McHugh, Coyne and McBrien starting but don’t see the point in Lofty at no 6 as there’s zero chance of him lining out there in competitive games. I expect Diarmuid to swap with either Flynn or Carney and McStay to move to half-forward line. I know it’s only a challenge but these games are for finding out about lads and I hope we put in a serious effort. Honestly can’t wait for throw in, feels too long since we could get to support them. Good luck to Kevin, his backroom team and all the players and most of all please God no injuries.

  2. It’s great to be talking about football again . It was a sad Xmas period for my own parish so hoping the mayo team will give us all a lift over the next few months .

  3. DOC will be swapped with Loftus I’d imagine.

    Looks like plan is go big or go home, that 7 club midfielders in middle third?

  4. To say it is an experimental team is a massive understatement, which is to be expected. The game may give us a clue as to what system Kevin intends to play. There are some interesting personnel and positional picks-Loftus at 6 is a strange one and I find it very interesting that he has named such a tall half-forward line-is it to augment the midfield area? I assume that the team will line out in the positions selected, as he is hardly going to indulge in any psychological mind games for a challenge match against Sligo. Great to see so many youngsters getting a go.

  5. Best of luck to team and management tomorrow. It’s great to have the inter-county action back again!

  6. Jesus, that’s an exciting team, really exciting – exactly what they should be doing at this stage.

    Re Loftus, why would they change him? To fool Sligo? For a January 2nd challenge? Loftus as captain? That’s interesting if it’s permanent. I know these guys know what they are doing. Doesn’t mean everything will work.

    Yes, the World Cup was brilliant; yes Ireland’s Autumn campaign couldn’t have gone better; yes Leopardstown has showcased our world class steeplechasers, yes the women’s games have been great. But hey, this is serious now, starting tomorrow.

    Bring it on!!!!!

  7. Great to see the young blood being brought in by macstay. Hopefully these lads can get a handy win against sligo. Touhy on the 40′ will be exciting to watch. Can’t wait.

  8. Good luck to all those who play tomorrow, good strong team and generally big men.
    10 possible championship starters?

  9. That’s an exciting team — love the fullback line. Really interested in seeing their speed and athleticism vs Sligo forwards. Big Jack Coyne fan!

  10. Statement of intent with that half forward line. All big guys and ball winners. How mobile would posters rate them, individually and collectively?

  11. Will be very interesting to see how the full back line goes. Since Brendan Harrison’s injury, Mayo have struggled to find players who are natural fullback line players and have used players who are more at home in the half back line. Coyne and McBrien play most of their club football in the full back line, so really looking forward to see how they go today. I remember Colm Boyle saying in a podcast some time ago, that if Mayo could get McBrien injury free, they could have a full back for the next ten years. So no pressure then!

  12. It should be an interesting run out for a lot of our fringe players
    Poor Coen never seems to get a rest,but his experience will help the young lads.
    Moving forwards to backs and the opposite often works a treat.
    Boylan was a great exponent of it.Examples Martin o Connell played his first few games in the FF line,then you had Geraghty,Coyle and Reilly.

  13. 11 of the outfield 14 are six foot or over.
    One thing I often thought we could favour more is our height. Mayo just seems like a tall county.
    I remember standing at Quinns looking down the road and it just seemed there were way more tall Mayo people than Dublin in that example.
    I’m 5’10” and feel short in Mayo.

  14. Best of luck to the Mayo team, panel and management on today’s game and for the year ahead and best wishes to Sligo today as they are contributing to a very worthy support group Mindspace

  15. This is a very long and condensed season. It will need radical thinking in relation to the bench. I know a study showed before that players athleticism goes down in such long seasons.
    This could mean we need to move more strength to the bench than would be the case in a normal season.

  16. 4 out of the 6 starting forwards scored in the first 5 minutes a long time since i’ve seen a mayo team do that.

  17. @ Gizmobobs – i’m sure the charity it is in cause for would say different.

    @ Joet1480 – First half has been easy for Mayo, they have applied a strong press which sligo are struggling to breakthrough.

  18. Serious fitness and conditioning work done by the Mayo lads over the winter. Will be in mix in the top half of the league when flying like this so soon.

  19. True Seanie, around 1300 in attendance so good for them.

    I was talking in relation to it’s benefit to Mayo football wise. It’s less beneficial than a training session I’d imagine.

    The TV coverage may have gotten Mayo GAA a good fine however….

  20. Pitch not helping as no bounce. Few new faces for the second half could liven things up. Not bad for the 2nd of January and poor quality of the opposition. Great to have the football back!

  21. Must say jordan flynn looks to be in unreal shape especially for this time of year, I think he will be a very important player for us this year, also Jack coyne will be one of our starting corner backs in league in my opinion.

  22. Match report just up now, Km79. According to Mike on the commentary, the only player listed on the panel who didn’t come on was Eoghan McLaughlin (who it seems wasn’t available for some reason), Robbie Hennelly was reportedly togged as well but he didn’t come on either. We used eleven subs in all today!

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