Last night’s challenge match with Westmeath at the St Loman’s pitch in Mullingar seems to have been a useful enough exercise. In the end, I didn’t make it there myself as I had a number of commitments closer to home to attend to. My eldest is making her First Communion tomorrow so there’s a good deal on the agenda here at the minute and last night’s list including cutting some rather wet grass.
My thanks to Richard (see his comment on the previous post) who was at the game and who provided details of the result (we won narrowly) and the team, which he says was as follows:
MAYO (SF challenge v Westmeath 14/5/2009): David Clarke; Liam O’Malley, Ciaran Conroy, Keith Higgins; Peadar Gardiner, Trevor Howley, David Heaney; Tom Parsons, Ronan McGarrity, Barry Kelly, Alan Dillon, Aidan Kilcoyne; Mikey Sweeney, Barry Moran, Billy Joe Padden. Subs: Donal Vaughan for Howley, Trevor Mortimer for Dillon.
I don’t think there’s much point speculating on the whys and wherefores of a challenge match line-up, not least because we don’t really know what the story was with player availability (though I assume that AOS has at last been given some time to study his Shakepeare). It’s good, though, to see Keith Higgins get a run-out after such a long absence from the team and David Heaney’s appearance at wing-back shows that he’s still very much in the running for a starting spot there when the real action begins. Good to hear, too, that Killer did well: if he’s ever going to make a mark for us – in the way that the potential he showed in spades in 2006 suggested he might – he needs to do it this year.
That’s it: the next challenge match is the one up here against the Dubs on Friday week which I’ll definitely be at and so will be able to spout about in a bit more detail.