Team to play NUIG tonight named

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.

20 thoughts on “Team to play NUIG tonight named

  1. Good to see Castlebar making players available to county team. Must be difficult for players involved to focus on 2 different team set ups. I wonder are those Castlebar players fully involved in every Mayo training session or is Horan just trying to see what they are like?

  2. Here we go again, on the road again. Its great to be back. Best of luck to the lads tonight, hope there’s no injuries, especially for the Kiltane and Mitchels lads. WJ, whats the deadline tonight? Have an AGM after, could be pushing it tight! 🙂

  3. Whenever you can get them sorted, Mick – it’s only the FBD so don’t worry about it if you’ve something on. Mike said he’d have the match report done within a few hours of the final whistle.

  4. Another year, and yet again the band wagon rolls on. Interesting new faces to be looked at, I hope that the results in the FBD league and the performances of the team are not over analysed, its only the start of the year and really its a chance to get the lads out on the pitch again.

    Hopefully it’ll be a long year!

  5. Diarmuid O’Connor being fast tracked into the senior setup at the exact same point as his brother was introduced 3 years ago. If he takes his chance half as well we’ll be very fortunate.

    Adam Gallagher has been touted as a future senior too since minor so it will be interesting to see if he can make the jump.

    All in all a great opportunity for all to impress and it’s a very experimental line-up from James who usually likes to keep a good few experienced lads mixed in even in FBD.

    I suppose there not much to learn about lads who have got to two all-Ireland finals and it might be a sign that we are going to be doing things a bit different this year.

  6. That half forward line could change with two of them still u21 and the u21s in action tomorrow

  7. Surly it can’t be right for James to include Castlebar players in FBT team at this time? Would have thought they have enough on their plate at the moment…

  8. Good workout for alot of the fringe players. 15 changes to be made for Sunday i’m hearing.

  9. Darren Coen, Eoghan Reilly, Adam Gallagher and Brian Gallagher (sub) were the stand out players for me tonight. Very poor game that was riddled with errors and some very poor shooting by the Mayo forwards in partic

  10. I enjoyed the match tonight and the last time I was in
    McHale park was the homecoming after the All Ireland.
    It was poor enough and thats to be expected riddeld with errors
    2nd week of Jan but it was encouraging to see the up coming talent getting a run
    such a young team over all. and finally some with all Ireland
    Medals .Hopefully going forward success to breed success
    Hon Mayo

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