Team for U21 semi-final tomorrow named

@MayoGAA promised last night that the details of the county’s team to play Galway in tomorrow afternoon’s U21 Connacht football semi-final at Tuam Stadium (throw-in 4pm) would be released at 1pm today and true to their word it was. Here’s the full list of starting fifteen and subs:

Mayo (U21 Connacht football semi-final v Galway, 23/3/2013): Paul Mannion (Mayo Gaels); Brendan Harrison (Aghamore), Niall Freeman (Aghamore), Aidan Butler (Claremorris); Conor Horan (Swinford), Conor Walsh (Balla), Eoghan Collins (Ballyhaunis); Danny Kirby (Castlebar Mitchels), Míchael Forde (Ballycastle); Adam Gallagher (Mayo Gaels), Evan Regan (Ballina Stephenites), James Shaughnessy (Claremorris); Darren Coen (Hollymount/Carramore), Conor O’Shea (Breaffy), Cillian O’Connor (Ballintubber, Captain). Subs: Rory Byrne (Castlebar Mitchels), Cian Burke (Ardnaree), Eoin Jordan (Ballaghaderreen), Mark Regan (Moy Davitts), Keith Rutledge (Knockmore), Eoghan Lavin (Kiltimagh), Fergal Durcan (Castlebar Mitchels), Cian Costello (Castlebar Mitchels), Sean Kelly (Moy Davitts), Sean McGarry (Ballina Stephenites), Kevin Lynch (Mayo Gaels), Ryan Quirke (Knockmore).

I don’t want to tempt fate or anything but that looks like a strong U21 team we’ve got there. The full-forward line looks fairly tasty and there’s nothing wrong with the half-forward and midfield sectors either. There are fewer household names at the back but two of the back six, as well as goalie Paul Mannion, played U21 last year as well so there’s plenty of experience there too. Best of luck to them tomorrow.

By the way, is there any danger of this match – or, indeed, the senior match on Sunday – falling foul of the weather? It’s been belting it down here since last night with strong winds adding to the general sense of jollity and club fixtures for the weekend are being scrapped en masse on this side of the country. I know the weather is coming from the east at the minute and so, unsually, we’re taking the brunt of the wind and rain on this occasion but you’d have to think that if the conditions don’t start to improve soon some of the weekend’s inter-county matches could also be under threat.

13 thoughts on “Team for U21 semi-final tomorrow named

  1. It should not affect game. Very windy last night and today , but forecast to abate significantly tomorrow morning. West got the best of the worst weather this weeekend

  2. Best of luck to the lads – but, win, lose or draw ,it would be great to see one of that FF Line having a stormer and scoring 2 or 3 goals. Just to give us some options for the summer.

  3. 1) Paul Mannion – Mayo Gaels
    2) Brendan Harrison – Aghamore
    3) Niall Freeman – Aghamore
    4) Aidan Butler – Claremorris
    5) Conor Horan – Swinford
    6) Conor Walsh – Balla
    7) Eoghan Collins – Ballyhaunis
    8) Danny Kirby – Castlebar Mitchels
    9) Míchael Forde – Ballycastle
    10) Adam Gallagher – Mayo Gaels
    11) Evan Regan – Ballina Stephenites
    12) James Shaughnessy – Claremorris
    13) Darren Coen – Hollymount/Carramore
    14) Conor O’Shea – Breaffy
    15) Cillian O’Connor – Ballintubber (Captain)

    In bold played against Roscommon last year of course a new manager now maybe Mayo will improve & TBH what i seen last year they will need to.

  4. Bold thing not showing up here? only Aidan Butler,Conor Horan,Eoghan Collins,Adam Gallagher didn’t play a part last year.

  5. Great to see Captain Cillian O Connor and Evan Regan return after long injuries. Go Mayo!

  6. Who decided to play important u 21 match the day before a senior league game with lads involved in both. Surely it could be played midweek. What’s the rush with finishing the u21 anyway.
    Good luck to both teams, hope ye get the right result.

  7. INdeed, do or die, just like the good old days. Remember the excitement walking up to McHale Park or wherever on a Sunday in June to play Galway or whomever in a Connacht semi final knowing that the whole summer rested on the next 80 odd minutes.
    Indeed for those of us in Galway based boarding schools, it was more than the summer that rested on it, especially if we played Galway or the Rossies, bragging rights for the whole year rested on it. A year when we did well, 85 springs to mind, you’d be bursting to get back to school and the first training session of the year when you could tog out in the green and red to slag the rest of them.
    You know it was going to be a bad year when your last hope would be doing something in the Ted Webb cup, which happened some years

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