U20 team to play Galway named

We’ve named our match day panel for the game against Galway tomorrow evening in the preliminary round of the Connacht U20 football Championship. Here it is:

Mayo (Connacht U20 Football Championship v Galway, 6/4/2022): Brian O’Flaherty (Islandeady); Alfie Morrison (Louisburgh), Ruairí Keane (Mayo Gaels), Conal Dawson (Westport); Fenton Kelly (Davitts), Sam Callinan (Ballina Stephenites), Aidan Cosgrove (Kiltimagh); Frank Irwin (Ballina Stephenites, captain), Donnacha McHugh (Castlebar Mitchels); Tom O’Flaherty (Aghamore), Dylan Thornton (Ballina Stephenites), Jack Fallon (Mayo Gaels); Cian McHale (Bohola Moy Davitts), Paddy Heneghan (Castlebar Mitchels), Cian O’Connell (Ballinrobe). Subs: Luke Jennings (Ballinrobe), Cian McHale (Parke/Keelogues/Crimlin), Seán Morahan (Castlebar Mitchels), Oisín Tunney (Breaffy), Conor Reid (Bohola Moy Davitts), Bob Tuohy (Castlebar Mitchels), Niall Treacy (Davitts), Paul Walsh (Castlebar Mitchels), Mark Cunningham (Castlebar Mitchels).

The match takes place at the Connacht GAA Centre of Excellence in Bekan, where throw-in is 7pm. You can buy tickets for the game here.

TG4 are streaming it live on their YouTube channel and I’ll carry the feed from that here on the blog too so, if it suits you, you can watch the game live from here. I’ll put the live feed up an hour or so ahead of throw-in tomorrow. Midwest will also have full live commentary on the game.

Podcast club members should also note that we have an U20 preview show online now, which features an interview by Mike with U20 manager Maurice Sheridan. That pod is up on Patreon now and you can join the club here.

Best of luck to Maurice and the lads tomorrow evening.

35 thoughts on “U20 team to play Galway named

  1. Alfie Morrison must have recovered from his broken hand.

    Looks a defensively minded team overall. Presume McHugh will go back in defense with someone playing as a sweeper. Jack Fallon to midfield, heneghan to half forward, leaving the 2 lads inside.

  2. Two Cian McHale’s, one Parke Keelogues Crimlin and the other Bohola Moy Davitts on the panel.. And it’s not a first on a Mayo panel, about 20 year’s ago I recall two Ger Brady’s playing for Mayo seniors.. I remember reading on this Blog a few years ago one poster writing about her experience listening to the Radio abroad on holidays somewhere where she couldn’t get TV coverage as Mayo played Kerry in the 2019 League Final.. And two Diarmuid O Connor’s playing, one for Mayo and one for Kerry, imagine the confusion, when you heard yet again that Diarmuid O Connor was on the ball scoring a point, and you didn’t know if was a good thing or a bad thing!

  3. I enjoyed that, Leantimes.
    In a former life I used to work with Traveller men. One day I played a game of 5-aside soccer and everyone on my team was Paddy Connors…it was great craic. There were one or two with the same name on the other team too…about 7 Paddy Connor’s altogether.
    as for the football…sure lookit let’s see how it pans out. Best of luck to the Under 20’s. We need a lift after Sunday. I am mellowing in my old age though. I don’t believe we are as bad as we looked and I too am perplexed by the litany of injuries. We need a break…a positive break. A full strength Mayo team would have given a right account of themselves on Sunday.
    I do believe we need to discover a ruthless streak. I know I am too nice and I don’t like that gentleness in the Mayo psyche. It is lovely to see the passion but a bit of bullishness would be a tonic.
    Anyways…Mayo is something we have no choice about. It is my home and I love it with all my heart. Regardless of results I would not wish to be from anywhere else and wouldn’t wish for their teams or luck or anything…just Mayo…green and red and forever.

  4. I think he is, Larry. That particular curse isn’t confined to the Senior ranks. Eoin Gilraine still out too from the cruciate he did in the corresponding fixture last June.

  5. What’s story with Ballina’s Ciaran Boland very good with Ballina last year good minor for 2 years

  6. Paul Walsh is a good sub to spring for a goal.
    He s got great pace over 5 yards, solos the ball low and has a great eye for goal.
    Having a sub who is a goal threat is strategy in itself. Defences are loosened up in the last quarter.

  7. Galway U-20 v Mayo

    James Egan (St James’)
    Conor Corcoran (Moycullen)
    Eanna Donohue (Killererin)
    Colm MacDonncha (Naomh Anna Leitir Mor)
    Ruairi King (Clifden)
    Jonathan McGrath (Caherlistrane)
    Daniel Flaherty (Salthill Knocknacarra)
    James McLaughlin (Moycullen)
    Conall Gallagher (St Michael’s)
    Rory Donnellan (Corofin)
    Warren Seoige (Naomh Anna Leitir Mor)
    Dylan Brady (Corofin)
    Charlie Power (Salthill Knocknacarra)
    Tomo Culhane (Salthill Knocknacarra)
    Nathan Grainger (Claregalway)

  8. Is there not any good enough players from county champions claremorris that should be on that team, mark Maloney, Dara Joyce etc?

  9. Outside of Castlebar and Ballina, nice to see other clubs in the county being represented. Hopefully, it’s a sign that these clubs have good coaching mechanisms in place. This will bode well for the future.

    Have we a classy forward on that panel not living down there so I’m in the dark as regards upcoming talent.

  10. A big shout out to Willie Joe for this blog – reminds me of some intelligent teachers I had in the distant past – a light touch but sniffed out the troublemakers before things got out of hand! Good to see some Ballinrobe guys featuring – some great Mayo stalwarts from there.

  11. Why is it always ballina and castlebar that have majority of players is it just biast to other players surely it shouldn’t go with just from them towns , my motto is if good enough should be there, not fair on the quality players from smaller clubs, how many good players have we lost because of it

  12. This was the team that blew Dublin minors away early on in 2019 and somehow managed to nearly lose it in the end but got over the line
    A talented team I feel and if let play attacking football we have the forwards to cause serious damage (Pity Paul Walsh isn’t starting exciting player)I wonder what has happened to ciaran mylett was a good player for the 2019 minors
    Ethan Henry and Oisin Tunney were 2 all stars on the minor team but as mentioned above both have been carrying injuries.
    The great thing about under 20 football is it is a culmination of minor teams into one that will (hopefully)go far in this competition
    My point being there’s 2 minors starting tomorrow (O flaherty and Dawson)
    In my opinion although the team named to start is full of talented footballers it is of a very defensive nature
    The reason why I believe this is we have frank Irwin (usually a forward but a physical presence all the same)in midfield along with Donnacha Mchugh who’s naturally a back
    My guess will be paddy H(14)Will drop back into midfield as he’s more of a runner and play maker along with Donnacha McHugh who will try and man mark the outrageous talent that is Galway’s James Mcglaughlin
    We also have wing backs that like to attack (it’s the mayo way)Aidan Cosgrove is a powerful runner but it is essential that he uses his defensive ability just as well
    Alfie Morrison I feel could be the next Chris Barrett type of player he’s really tenacious
    Galway are very strong no doubt about it we played thrillers against them in 2019 coming out the better in the Connacht final but this is 2022 and a lot can change in 3 years
    Tomo Culhane needs watching but I feel Morrison can do a job on him
    Big big battle ahead no doubt about it
    Up mayo.

  13. Uncle buck, Id be very surprised if its in the Dome, but i could be wrong.

  14. Not sure on that Willie Joe – there is a yellow wind warning for Mayo for tomorrow evening which is likely ruin the game.

  15. Maurice Sheridan should have a good knowledge of the Galway team and few of these would have gone through hands with nuig and 3 of his clubmates in salthill playing. Be interesting see how it goes and great that tg4 covering it live.

  16. loads of club and underage games played in the dome over the last few weekends. I presume both managements opted for the outdoor pitch instead? as said above a weather warning in place for strong wind and rain.

  17. That’s a strong team & bench . Some very good individual footballers Starting and to come on if needed. Question is can Maurice get them to gel and play as a team. If he succeeds in this we could have a decent campaign.
    Maybe signs of the first swallow of summer.

  18. If the weather is bad I really hope they move to the dome. History tells us underage games become borefests in bad weather. 9-8 type games.

  19. Really looking forward to this game. Need something to give us a bit of a lift after Sunday. Even if not a positive result, at least a couple of promising individual signs would be nice.
    Assuming the YouTube link on TG4 can be watched from overseas?
    I see Tom O’Flaherty and Conal Dawson are still minor players (u18), fair achievement to be making an u20 county team with 2 years to spare, they must be really flying in training.
    Surprised Bob Tuohy and Conor Reid aren’t starting it suggests we have a decent enough side out there.

  20. Very defensive set up,I think we will play a third midfielder tonight and full drop back in defence
    This is an attacking team that’s been mad play defensive I’m afraid
    Don’t think we will get one over on Galway this year

  21. Live stream from TG4 now set up here on the blog so you can watch it from here if that suits.

    We’ll have a Final Whistle pod for club members online soon after the game and the Discord chat is up and running for it too.

  22. Anyone going to the match care to share here asto who wins toss and playing with wind in first half. Expect wind to have huge bearing on this and be worth 5 points + especially with open nature of pitches in bekan. Looking to have a bet before throw in on game and want to do whoever wins the toss to lead half time and full time.

  23. The wind is ruining this game really.. Literally in that the rain was covering the camera lens for a good few minutes there. Couldn’t see a thing. If only there was a full size indoors pitch somewhere that could be used.

  24. 0-2 apiece at HT. Commentator seems to be suggesting Galway have had the wind but it looks like it’s going straight across the pitch more than anything. It’s very very strong though. A very poor spectacle.

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