We’ve just named our team for tomorrow evening’s Round 3B qualifier clash with Kildare at MacHale Park (throw-in 7pm). Here it is:
Mayo (All-Ireland Qualifier Round 3B v Kildare 16/7/2016): David Clarke (Ballina Stephenites), Brendan Harrison (Aghamore), Kevin Keane (Westport), Keith Higgins (Ballyhaunis); Lee Keegan (Westport), Colm Boyle (Davitts), Paddy Durcan (Castlebar Mitchels); Seamus O’Shea (Breaffy), Donal Vaughan (Ballinrobe); Kevin McLoughlin (Knockmore), Aidan O’Shea (Breaffy), Diarmuid O’Connor (Ballintubber); Evan Regan (Ballina Stephenites), Andy Moran (Ballaghaderreen), Cillian O’Connor (Ballintubber).
So it’s two changes from the side that took the field in the previous round against Fermanagh last Saturday. Out from that one go Stephen Coen and Alan Freeman, while in come Donal Vaughan and Andy Moran.
It’s Donie’s first championship start since he lined out in the All-Ireland semi-final replay last year. He featured in various positions – from the full-forward line (against Cork) to the full-back line (against Kerry) but it’s in midfield – where he had a few run-outs in the early stages of the league last year – that he’s listed to play tomorrow evening. If named positions mean anything nowadays, which, let’s face it, they don’t.
Andy Moran is named to start at full-forward and it’s the Ballaghaderreen veteran’s 136th appearance for the county. It’s also the first championship match which he’s lined out for us in since last year’s Connacht final against Sligo.
Once again, we’ve opted not to name our list of subs at this point but sure you’ll have the match programme in your hand soon enough.
Best of luck to the lads as they head into another do-or-die qualifier clash tomorrow evening.