Our first team sheet of 2014 is out – thanks to Catcol for flagging it first. For the record, here are the full details of the team and subs named for tonight’s FBD match against NUIG:
Mayo (Connacht FBD League v NUIG, 10/1/2014): Robert Hennelly (Breaffy, Captain); Keith Rogers (Ballaghaderreen), Kevin Keane (Westport), Eoghan Reilly (Castlebar Mitchels); Brendan Harrison (Aghamore), Shane McHale (Knockmore), David Drake (Ballaghaderreen); Jason Gibbons (Ballintubber), John Reilly (Kiltane); Adam Gallagher (Mayo Gaels), Cathal Freeman (Aghamore), Diarmuid O’Connor (Ballintubber); Tom King (Castlebar Mitchels), Darren Coen (Hollymount/Carramore), Mikie Sweeney (Kiltane). Subs: Colm Boyle (Davitts), Stephen Coen (Hollymount/Carramore), Brian Gallagher (Claremorris), Cathal Carolan (Crossmolina), Michael Conroy (Davitts), Sean Kelly (Bohola Moy Davitts), Alan Freeman (Aghamore), Jason Doherty (Burrishoole), Enda Varley (Garrymore), Andy Moran (Ballaghaderreen), Lee Keegan (Westport).
Only one player who started in the All-Ireland final will line for us out tonight and it’s that player – Breaffy’s Robbie Hennelly – who will captain the team on the night. According to Ed McGreal on Twitter a bit earlier on, five of the team named will be making their debuts for the county senior team tonight – David Drake, John Reilly, Adam Gallagher, Diarmuid O’Connor and Tom King. Best of luck to all of them.
Eoghan Reilly returns to county action for the first time since 2012 while Mikie Sweeney’s equally welcome return will see him line out for the county for the first time since 2010. It’s the first time for a while (maybe the first time ever?) that a Mayo starting fifteen will contain two players from Kiltane and it’s certainly the first time since this site’s inception that a senior match-day panel has included a representative from Moy Davitts – Sean Kelly being the pride of the parish in this regard.
Ed McGreal also pointed out a short time ago that Donie Buckley is down on tonight’s teamsheet as a selector, which he also reckons is a new development. If so, that could be the answer to the ‘who’ll replace James Nallen?’ question.