It’s not just Prison Break that’s back (though this will only be with us for a short final half-season of deliciously ludicrous plotlines – what did you make of Ma Scofield’s appearance last night, by the way? – before disappearing forever) as this report in Hogan Stand confirms that Trevor Howley took the field for Knockmore in a league match with county champions Ballaghaderreen last Sunday. Trevor came on as a sub in this game and scored 1-1 but it wasn’t enough to prevent the North Mayo lads losing by two points. (BTW, some guy called A Moran was playing full-forward for Ballagh and he rammed in 2-3: it’d be great to have a lad like that racking up such a score for the county, wouldn’t it?)
From a county perspective, it’s great to see the Knockmore man returning to the fray. It’s just under a year ago that he buggered up his ligaments in a challenge game with Meath and although he did manage to make it back in time for the qualifier defeat to Tyrone in August, we’d missed him sorely in the Connacht final. As this report in the Mayo News a few weeks back states, he had further trouble with his ligaments last back-end, culminating in surgery in December.
But now he’s back in rude health and he’ll be challenging strongly for a starting place, if not against New York then certainly for the Connacht semi-final on June 20th. With Keith Higgins, James Nallen and David Heaney also back in the panel, competition for those six places in the backs is set to become quite intense, which is obviously no bad thing and a welcome change from the situation we’ve found ourselves in with regard to our defence in recent years.