Team to play Roscommon named

You guys in the comments were much quicker off the mark tonight than I was but, for the record, here are the details of the starting line-up and subs named earlier tonight for Sunday’s FBD match against Roscommon at Ballinlough (throw-in 2pm):

Mayo (Connacht FBD League v Roscommon, 19/1/2014): Robert Hennelly (Breaffy); Kevin Keane (Westport), Ger Cafferkey (Ballina Stephenites), Colm Boyle (Davitts); Brendan Harrison (Aghamore), Shane McHale (Knockmore), David Drake (Ballaghaderreen); Tom Parsons (Charlestown Sarsfields), Aidan O’Shea (Breaffy); Diarmuid O’Connor (Ballintubber), Andy Moran (Ballaghaderreen), Adam Gallagher (Mayo Gaels); Kevin McLoughlin (Knockmore), Alan Freeman (Aghamore), Darren Coen (Hollymount/Carramore). Subs: Brendan Walsh (Ballintubber), Keith Rogers (Ballaghaderreen), Jason Gibbons (Ballintubber), Brian Gallagher (Claremorris), Cathal Carolan (Crossmolina), Michael Conroy (Davitts), Enda Varley (Garrymore), Lee Keegan (Westport), Cathal Freeman (Aghamore), Keith Higgins (Ballyhaunis).

So it’s seven changes from the side that started against IT Sligo last Sunday, with Robbie Hennelly, Colm Boyle, Tom Parsons, Aidan O’Shea, Diarmuid O’Connor, Adam Gallagher and Alan Freeman coming in while Brendan Walsh, Keith Rogers, Jason Gibbons, Brian Gallagher, Cathal Carolan, Cathal Freeman and Sean Kelly drop out.

The main talking point will obviously be the recall of Tom Parsons who lines out for the first time for the county since we played Monaghan in the league back in April 2011. The Charlestown midfielder undoubtedly has bags of talent but was never really able to deliver on the early promise he showed when he first burst onto the scene way back in 2008. It’s good to see him back in the fold – let’s hope things go better for him this time.¬†Elsewhere it’s a mixture of youth and experience – that’s the third match in a row, by the way, that we’ve gone with that half-back line – and there’s loads of experience on the bench as well.

40 thoughts on “Team to play Roscommon named

  1. Are our 21s playing tomorrow? I thought they were, but I have heard absolutely nothing about it! What time and venue it is etc.

    Happy with the team. Honestly when you look at the team, the bench, and consider who is not there at the moment, we have a serious, serious panel

  2. 2pm v Offaly in Connacht GAA centre Gallagher,O’Connor unlikely to play two games in two days?

  3. Sounds like a solid team with the right mix of new talent and experience for the job.
    I would have preferred to see Brian Gallagher and Jason Gibbons in the half forward line than Adam G and Diarmuid O’Connor, leaving the young lads for U21 duty. Hope things go well for Tom Parsons this time aropund.
    Any word on David Clarke and Kenneth O’Malley’s return to duty?

  4. Incredible lack of advertising for that. Was there last week and have to say there was a nice crowd at it considering. If the weather is decent I might shoot off to it!

  5. That’s a solid looking team. Best of luck to the new lads and Tom parsons
    Roscommon won’t be holding back so expect a challenge.
    It’s great to see the half forward line with 2 youngsters, I am a believer in good enough is old enough
    Plenty of steak and weight lifting and drive over Kerry or Dublin in September.

  6. I’d be with you there Andy on having Jason Gibbons and Brian Gallagher in the half fore wards for a bit of power on the wings. Don’t remember Andy playing at chf before he could be the man for that position he has great awareness when on the ball.
    One thing I honestly believe is that Alan Freeman doesn’t be given the ball often enough. He can do damage close to goal as we saw last year the few times he was played in. Andy could be the man to get him on the ball.

  7. David, we’re in the middle of January playing Roscommon in an FBD match and here you are talking about Kerry / Dublin in September – getting a little bit ahead of yourself there, me think !!

  8. Delighted to see Tom Parsons given a chance. I always thought that dropping himself and Aidan Kilcoyne was a mistake.

  9. Interesting team alright – particularly Parson’s selection.
    I’m more interested in the back room at the moment! I note that Peter Burke is now a selector and Donie B listed as coach. Ed McGreal also tweets on this.

    I suspect though that Buckley is not physically present in the set up at the moment, as he apparently winters in Florida to recharge the batteries. Right idea!

  10. It’s ok to dream! It could all collapse and break our hearts but I prefer to think positive anyway

  11. It’s not a question of whether the young lads are good enough but we need to see both Brian Gallagher and Jason Gibbons in the half forward line too. This was an opportunity to do that while the young lads could have games with the U21’s as well.
    The U21s could have done with them last week too. I know that the U21 management are trying out players as well but putting out a much weakened team is not the best way to do it. Cavan [last weeks U21 opponents] are 3 in a row holders of the Ulster title so a stiff challenge should have been expected,
    Has anybody seen the article in Hogan Stand where GAA’s Insurance Officer is expressing concern about the number of young players needing hip operations, usually with both hips involved? What is the long term prospects for these players? At present the GAA “insurance” scheme covers at most half of the cost of these operations? When another operation is needed in the years ahead which is most likely it will probably not be covered by any insurance. Will the players concerned be coming back to the GAA alleging negligence?

  12. Thanks Mike! I’m impressed – he must be cutting short his Florida sojourn.
    Makes the selectorial line-up for this match all the more intriguing.

  13. Very impressive stuff from the U21s with Regan starring once again. Play Tipp in the Shield final next weekend they have plenty of their 2011 AI minor winning team.

  14. I’d like to know. I hear that bring dropped in 2013 didn’t go well. Looks like a loss if he doesn’t get on the panel someway or other.

  15. I really hope that Evan Regan will join up with the Mayo senior team, I reckon that he has now scored the following, in his last four games:

    2-3 for Mayo V Offaly U21 Game
    0-8 for IT Sligo V Mayo FBD Game
    1-3 for IT Sligo V Roscommon FBD Game
    1-1 for Mayo V Longford U21 Game (only played in the first half)

    Thats 4-15 in 3 and a half games, thats pretty good scoring! Well done, fair play to him.

  16. Hope Regan doesn’t become the new Danny Kirby. Biggest mistake he ever made was scoring four goals for Mayo a hundred years ago.

  17. Evan was cut from the panel last summer. Was asked back for this year but Evan declined, hes busy with his studies was the reason given i think.

  18. Evan is currently the best left footed forward in mayo. It’s a shame if he’s not involved in the national league games. He’s captain of Sligo IT & Mayo U21s. He’s flying at the moment and is ahead of many regular forwards in the mayo panel that we have seen over the years IMO. An Evan Regan, Alan Freeman, Cillian O Connor forward line has goals galore to offer.

  19. M02014, the majority of his points were from placed balls, according to the reports that I have read. Although the word terrific was used a lot in reference to some of these frees. He is well able to score from play too. Two of his eight points against Mayo, for IT Sligo were from play. Also the goal he scored against Roscommon was palmed to the net, so thats a very good sign that he can score that way too, it shows a poacher’s instinct (as we seen Bernard Brogan do to us in the All-Ireland final, when scoring his first goal). Left footed free taking has been a problem for Mayo, the last few years so even from that point of view he would be a great addition!

  20. Comment made at 3.01 referred to an earlier post by David.
    Donie Buckley must be very committed to the cause if he preferred Bekan to Miami last Sunday.

  21. Evan Regan has lots of time to join the panel when his studies are over for this year at least. Hopefully he will be engaged with the U21s until end of April and the chances of this will be greatly increased if the likes of Diarmuid O;Connor and Adam Gallagher are allowed to concentrate on U21. We have enough Senior players outside last years regulars to tryout through the league, e.g. Brian Gallagher, Jason Gibbons, Darren Coen, Cathal Freeman, Brendan Harrison, Stephen Drake, Tom Parsons, Keith Rodgers, Danny Geraghty, Sean Kelly, Shane MacHale among others. and that’s without going near the Castlebar & Kiltane men until their club campaigns are over.

  22. He dropped those 2 and barry moran..2 since have been recalled and the third when back fully fit should too. Dunno what horan was thinking at the time

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