We’ve just named the starting line-up for our NFL meeting with the Jacks at McHale Park on Sunday. The team shows only one change from the side that started our last NFL match (against Tyrone) but, due to events in that match up in Omagh, the starting line-up for Sunday won’t be same as that which we’ve named tonight. Mark Ronaldson is on the team in his now usual corner-forward position but last night’s CHC decision to confirm his month’s suspension means that, unless he decides to take his ban appeal a stage further, a replacement will have to be named on the day. The only other change from the Tyrone game sees the expected return of captain Trevor Mortimer at the expense of Alan Freeman (who could, of course, end up taking Ronaldo’s spot).
Here’s the team and subs we’ve named for Sunday:
Mayo (NFL Division 1 v Dublin): David Clarke (Ballina Stephenites); Donal Vaughan (Ballinrobe), Ger Cafferkey (Ballina Stephenites), Keith Higgins (Ballyhaunis); Peadar Gardiner (Crossmolina), Trevor Howley (Knockmore), Kevin McLoughlin (Knockmore); Tom Parsons (Charlestown Sarsfields), Ronan McGarrity (Ballina Stephenites); Andy Moran (Ballaghaderreen), Seamus O’Shea (Breaffy), Trevor Mortimer (Shrule-Glencorrib); Enda Varley (Garrymore), Aidan O’Shea (Breaffy), Mark Ronaldson (Shrule-Glencorrib). Subs: Kenneth O’Malley (Ballinrobe), Kieran Conroy (Shrule-Glencorrib), Alan Feeney (Castlebar Mitchels), Liam O’Malley (Burrishoole), Chris Barrett (Belmullet), Barry Kelly (Ballaghaderreen), Neill Douglas (Castlebar Mitchels), Mikey Sweeney (Kiltane), Alan Freeman (Aghamore), Ger McDonagh (Castlebar Mitchels), Lee Keegan (Westport), Shane Nally (Garrymore), Alan Dillon (Ballintubber), Conor Mortimer (Shrule-Glencorrib).
The obvious talking point from the above is the return to the squad of both Alan Dillon and Conor Mortimer. With one place still to be filled, there’s obviously a good chance that one of the two tanned amigos could start on Sunday. The other point of note is that Johnno isn’t yet making any allowances for those who will be on U21 duty on Wednesday week, with both Kevin McLoughlin and Aidan O’Shea retained in the starting fifteen and a clutch more of likely U21 players named amongst the subs.