U20s + this weekend’s matches

The U20 footballers are back in Connacht Championship action tomorrow evening and then it’s hurling and camogie at the weekend. Here’s some details on these upcoming games.

For the U20s, it’s a Round 2 meeting with Galway, a match that throws in at Hastings Insurance MacHale Park at 7pm tomorrow evening. The match is being streamed live by Connacht GAA (match pass €10 – details here) and the ticket link for it is here.

Earlier this evening we announced details of our playing panel for tomorrow night’s game. Here it is:

Mayo (Connacht U20 Championship v Galway 27/3/2024): David Dolan (Balla); David Slattery (Claremorris), Eoin McGreal (Garrymore), Lorcan Silke (Westport); Seán Morahan (Castlebar Mitchels, captain), John MacMonagle (Castlebar Mitchels), Paul Gilmore (Claremorris); Diarmuid Duffy (Ballinrobe), Conal Dawson (Westport); Finbar McLaughlin (Westport), Cathal Keaveney (Parke Keelogues Crimlin), Tom O’Flaherty (Aghamore); Darragh Beirne (Claremorris), Niall Hurley (Claremorris), Darragh Reilly (Parke Keelogues Crimlin). Subs: Dylan O’Brien (Davitts), Brendan Collins (Ballina Stephenites), Oisín Cronin (Balla), Tom Lydon (The Neale), Liam Maloney (Cill Chomáin), Jack Melvin (Davitts), Liam Moore (Kilmeena), Rio Mortimer (Claremorris), Jack Mulchrone (Kilmeena).

So it’s two changes to the starting team in last week’s opening round match against Roscommon. Into the starting fifteen for tomorrow evening come Eoin McGreal and team captain Seán Morahan, replacing Yousif Coghill and Jack Mulchrone.

Galway today also named their playing panel for the game. It’s here.

We’ll have a Final Whistle podcast show for our Patreon club members tomorrow night, in which we’ll have post-match analysis and reaction from MacHale Park.

The county’s U20 hurlers, meanwhile, are in Championship action this coming Saturday. They take on Donegal in the All-Ireland U20B quarter-final, a match that takes place at the Centre of Excellence in Convoy where throw-in is 2pm that afternoon.

On Sunday, it’s the turn of the Mayo Senior hurlers. They face Sligo in the NHL Division 3A final, which takes place at Hastings Insurance MacHale Park (throw-in 2pm). The ticket link for this one is here.

Also on Sunday, the county’s Minor camogie team have a home game against Donegal in Round 4 of the All-Ireland Minor C Championship. That game is fixed for 2pm but the venue for it has yet to be confirmed.

The best of luck to all the Mayo teams in action over the next few days.

57 thoughts on “U20s + this weekend’s matches

  1. Poor team selection. Oisin Cronin was our best player in the second half kicking two points (one worldie) and was the only man making anything happen.
    We kicked 10 wides in the first half, reilly had at least 4, keaveney never got into the game, and Tomo Flaherty the same.
    A refresh was needed up front and can’t understand how Cronin hasn’t gotten the nod. They may be looking to him as an impact sub, but if we kick 10 wides and give away 10 soft frees like last week there won’t be much use bringing him on.
    Good to see Eoin McGreal and Sean Morahan back in. Still need more steel around the middle and still lacking it however. If it stays dry and our forwards get good ball we’ll win. If it’s a dogfight Galway will be too physically imposing in the middle. Nearly the inverse of the two senior sides.

  2. David Dolan (another year) David Slattery (last year) eoin mcgreal (2 more years) lorcan silke (1 more year) Sean morahan (last year) John mcmonagle (one more year) Paul Gilmore (one more year) conal Dawson (last year) diarmuid Duffy (one more year) finbar (last year) Tomo (last year) keaveney (one more year) darragh Beirne (2 more years) Hurley (one more year) Reilly (last year I think but not certain).

    Likes of Rio, oisin Cronin, Maheady, Ronan Clarke, Dara Hurley, all around next year

  3. I stand to be corrected @seanburke but think 11 are underage again next year.
    Morahan, Dawson, McLoughlin and Flaherty being the exceptions.

    Ronan Clarke is injured from what I hear and Maheady not selected.

  4. @Sean burke: I believe it’s 10 of the starters (with 16 of the 24).

    Pretty sure Darragh Reilly would be on Clubman51’s list too. Glancing at his Ireland underage call-ups he was always in with lads like Evan Ferguson, Sam Curtis and James Abankwah who’d all be u20 rather than u19 (with O’Brien, Collins & Melvin from the bench).

    McGreal & Beirne still underage in 2 years (along with Lydon and Mortimer off the bench).

  5. @clubman51 – interesting that Maheady went from starting as an 18 year to not making the panel as a 19 year old. Alongside Clarke and Hurley he really stood out on the 2022 minor side

  6. Apologies @TsoDhuNim I stand corrected I thought Reilly was the lad playing for St.Gerald’s in the schools game this year.

  7. Yes @PaulB and Gardiner a Crossmolina man also. Clarke is a serious talent if he can get over his injury woes. Has that killer instinct we may have lacked in previous years.

  8. @Clubman51: No need for any apologies, that was super info on the lads named. It’s real hard keeping up with all the ages. Especially when it’s someone relatively new to the fold like Darragh, where most of his underage spent at clubs (& codes) well away from Parke KC (& GAA).

    Even more so when we’ve a host of lads in that age group by that surname, all going well.

    Young Fionan O’Reilly is another of last years minors you’d imagine would have been pushing for a spot in the panel. He had a couple of really impressive displays for Gerald’s this year, captaining them to the Connacht PPS title, following on from a solid showing at minor county and a great year for Castlebar minor. You’d expect he’ll be pushing real hard next year & hopefully drive on to be a key figure the following year. Jack O’Reilly, also Mitchels & former Geralds, another you’d have expected to be close in his final 20s year. He had a great run with the UoG/Galway Freshers side this year going all the way to the Freshers A final and probably looked slightly the pick of the 3 Mayo lads involved (along with O’Flaherty and MacMonagle) in the final.

  9. A lot of key men missing from this panel. James Maheady hasn’t been selected but injury’s are a major concern, you would wonder are some of these youngsters playing to much. Ronan Clarke , Cathal Corless, Adam Beirne and Dara hurley all missing due to injury from what I hear. Maybe we need to look at all the training these boys are doing the avoid this problem going forward.

  10. Finbar McLaughlin I expect is young enough next year. Very talented two footed footballer. I thought he might get the 11 jersey. More natural than his older brother and with the sister starring with the ladies, it’s a busy household.

  11. Will some one tell john casey and the other commentator on connacht gaa that the Galway ball was wide and Galway are in 1-03?

  12. Things will start to open up now, Black card for each team within a minute. Mayo 4 points down. Mayo 3 points in a row, down 3 points. Good spell for Mayo.

  13. Anyone know what the correct score is? See it listed as a 2 point ht deficit on some twitter accounts and a 1pt game in others

  14. Too loose for the goals early_have tightened up and are defending with more intensity. Galway are fouling persistently to stop attacking momentum-some looked like pull downs. Ref. is obliviious. Seems more interested in pulling up keepers for delaying kick-outs.

  15. Confusion about the score – Connacht GAA stream has it Galway 2-5 Mayo 0-9 at HT, Mayo GAA (and, I think, the scoreboard at the ground) have Galway on 2-4.

    Good comeback by Mayo after conceding that second goal. Our ball-handling is poor, we’re constantly spilling concession, and our use of the ball going forward isn’t great either, as we’ve turned it over repeatedly. Still in it, though, all to play for in the second half. Hopefully that scoreboard confusion will be cleared up by the time they get going again.

    Finally, another colour-blind moan – two teams with dark shirts and white shorts, making it very hard to tell them apart. The GAA’s refusal to recognise this issue and do something about it is so frustrating.

  16. @supermac.it is a 1pt game. Daragh beirne looks lively a couple of great points kicked from play and frees.

  17. Not completing again at midfield, trying to break balls and not succeeding but over enjoying the style of play, early kick balls into the forwards. Backs letting their man out ibn front to much but overall the game is still there to win. 3 wides to start the 2nd half need to settle down.

  18. Love McMonagle, we would fancy him winning every 50-50 ball. Hurley hasnt scored yet and Diarmuid Duffy hasnt came alive yet. Keaveney having a good game as well

  19. Cracking second half performance from Mayo, really fine scoretaking and way more in the tank coming down the stretch. Full value for the win. Galway scored two points just after the restart but we then scored seven without reply before the finish.

  20. Great character shown by the Mayo lads but hard to remember a game when both teams turned over the ball so often and so cheaply. At times it looked as if one or two of our lads were more concerned with getting g their own scores than playing time men in better positions but these are minor things and easily corrected. The referee certainly wasn’t biased in favour of either team but he was far too noticeable during the game which is a bad sign and umpteen decisions were baffling. On the whole though a much improved performance on the Roscommon game.

  21. Satisfying win , galway died a death , its very hard to understand how they were so dominant in the first twenty mins plus and then they fell away, intensity dropped from them when we upped it . Some very good performers for mayo . Onwards we go . Ref was so all about him type of ref , they annoy me something terrible . Bad decisions for both teams .

  22. Really enjoyed that, all the subs made an impression to – Collins Maloney Melvin Cronin and Lydon all played a part. Still things to work on but thjs team has a bit of everything, would like a bigger more physical man in the middle but cant ask for everything.

    I believe the players aging out this year
    From the team
    Morahan, Dawson, McLaughlin, o Flaherty, Reilly
    from the bench
    Collins, Moore, Melvin and Mulchrone
    from the extended panel
    Coggins, Cruise, Doherty, Ferguson, Kilcoyne, Mulroy, and Sloyan

    So 17 underage next year and 16 in their final year, There was 22 of last years panel underage this year but only 14
    are on this years panel. Ronan Clarke would make a big difference if available so a big loss but the lads stood up today.

  23. Galway faded in the second half putting only 2 points on the board. Took us a while to hit the target but eventually we got the scores our possession warranted. Tackling was tenacious all over the field and a well deserved victory. Shaping up nicely after last week’s poor finish. Should make final.

  24. Great win and great performance. Full back line – mcgreal and mcmonagle, absolutely outstanding. Left man on man with acres of space in front of them and they did brilliantly well to clean their men. McMonagle red a farcical decision especially considering the play should’ve been stopped much earlier.
    Morahan – what a player. Catching kickouts under the cosh, scoring a great point to settle them after the early goals, and playing a blinder in defence after that.
    Duffy and Dawson did well considering the size of the Galway midfield.
    Finbarr McLaughlin did extremely well. Keaveney was sharp first half but faded. Tomo came into it in the second half.
    Reilly did well, Hurley was outstanding with limited ball and kicked two brilliant solo points. Still has the odd wide and tunnel vision to him, but a great prospect.
    Darragh Beirne kept them in the game in the first half and is the best left footed free taker we have at any grade – can’t remember him missing one throughout the years and is only 17. Him and McGreal were absolutely superb when you consider it’s only their first year minor.
    Subs –
    Brendan Collins did well going forward, and Oisin Cronin kicked a silky solo point to leave them two up going into injury time.
    An awful lot to love considering the age of these players and being 6 down only ten minutes in and getting a black and red card.

  25. Thanks Nephin. 16 points is a great total, were many from play. Disappointed with our 6 points but I didnt see the game.

  26. Niall Hurley Claremorris and Oisin Cronin Balla potentially starting forwards for Mayo Seniors in the next 2 seasons.

  27. Very entertaining evening despite some baffling decisions on both sides from the ref.Fully deserving Mayo victory with massive work rate.Mcgreal went for a ball zippy style early and paid the price but he knuckled down and had a very good game after that.Mcgonagle was terrific at times and all 6 forwards showed well even with some poor decision making.Tom Oflaherty had a bad start to the game but just kept on trying and got through some amount of ball.Probably the best on the night for me.Always a good victory at any level.

  28. Darragh Beirne and Niall Hurley will be a big addition to Claremorris seniors this year

  29. We ran Galway off the pitch in the second half with our superior fitness , intensity and overall strength in depth panel wise. Galway have Sligo and Roscommon in next 2 weeks and will have to bounce back strong or they will be out . Given the age profile of our lads it was a very impressive win and performance . We could have won by double scores in the end if we took our chances and were more composed upfront but overall very satisfying for management I’m sure after lasts week poor second half performance. However it’s still round robin and we could meet this Galway side again later in the competition …

  30. It was twelve from play, Nephin. Three of Darragh Beirne’s points were frees and David Dolan landed a long-range free too but all the rest came from open play.

  31. Starting a petition to replace senior football with U20s for championship. That was as entertaining a game as I’ve been at in a long while.

    While we were shaky in the first half eith deveral unforced errors and coughed up two poor goals we’d pulled back the difference by half time. When they went three up after the break I was starting to get worried, but we really dominated for the rest of the second half and were much, much fitter too going down the stretch.

    Some excellent second half performances (Darragh Beirne was very good in the first half) but Finbar McLaughlin really stood out for me – his movement was really clever, his instinct strong, his pace electric and watching him take on his man time amd time again was a joy. Tom O’Flaherty worked his socks off. I actually didn’t think it was Niall Hurley’s best night, which is no slight on him – he had a couple of poor wides but a couple of fine scores too with a relatively poor supply of ball. McMonagle was tenacious. It looked to me like a red, but probably a harsh one – he caught his man in the head with the elbow though I don’t think there was intent.

    As Mayo for Sam says above with a little more composure up front we could have destroyed them, but give me lads who are willing to take on the shots any day of the week over the head-melting recycling and doubling back we see in senior.

    I actually thought the ref wasn’t too bad, aside from being very picky (he gave Keith Higgins a yellow card ffs) and he was consistent enough for both sides. Serious entertainment tonight for a tenner.

  32. @ James Nolan , unfortunately Clare Morris will waste their talent.
    They have been doing it since the seventies

  33. The pace and directness of Mayo tonight is a massive contrast with the safety first of last year. Also Mayo’s condition seemed a bit ahead of Galway’s. Galway put on three big men in the second half which robbed them of pace and finer skill, while they couldn’t match Mayo’s intensity in the same period.
    Overall it was an enjoyable match with both teams playing the ball forward as much as they could. Not much wrong with the game when played this way.

  34. @Jr: Hopefully not. With the likes of Mortimer, Slattery, Gilmore, Dara Hurley (assuming the horrific shoulder injury recovers ok), Niall Hurley, Adam Beirne & Darragh Beirne they’ve some potentially generational talent coming through there. You’d have to imagine any smart, young manager hungry for some success around the country would jump at the chance of working with lads like them in the next few years if things don’t appear to be going well.

  35. Almost roles reverse from last weeks game with early goals and the team that scored them losing their way after that. Pity about the small crowd but Wednesday night doesn’t suit many.

    It’s intriguing Connacht U20 championship not much between all sides and should be a few twists and turns yet before it’s known who finishes top of the table and who has a semi final spot for finishing 2nd and 3rd place.

  36. @Mayomagic: Yeah, you’d be surprised if we don’t see some fireworks yet before the end of the group stage.

    Leitrim are well able to turn over any of the sides if they don’t show up with the right frame of mind & you wouldn’t be at all surprised with any of Galway, Mayo, Roscommon or Sligo coming out on top when they meet each other from what we’ve seen so far (some of the early Sligo shooting in their game tonight was stunning – https://twitter.com/ConnachtGAA/status/1773037711349133391).

    Great to at least be in the driving seat for now and have our potential position is in our own hands, so we can take that as a big win from tonight’s two results.

  37. @TsuDhoNim you’re right Claremorris have some serious talent on their hands between the Beirne brothers, the hurley brothers , Gilmore, Mortimer and now the emerging corner back David slattery. Hopefully this talent can be held and we finally see a right Claremorris side contest Championship.

  38. I give credit when it’s due. Big improvement from last week. These forwards with the correct long term patient SnC are good enough to be good senior county forwards.

  39. Some brilliant draws in the club championship this evening.group 3 looking like the group of death

  40. @Cp: Group 3 looks fantastic, can’t wait for that to kick off.

    Group 1 Intermediate looks another cracking battle. A well fancied side going out there for sure with Moy Davitts, Louisburgh, Crossmolina and Lahardane all thrown together.

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