As Mark pointed out in the comments just now, the team to face Leitrim in tomorrow’s Connacht U21 semi-final at Páirc Seán MacDiarmada in Carrick-on-Shannon (throw-in 5pm) was named a short while ago. For the record, here’s the list of the full match-day panel:
Mayo (Connacht U21 semi-final v Leitrim, 19/3/2016): Matthew Flanagan (Balla); Eddie Doran (Achill), Seamus Cunniffe (Ballaghaderreen), Ciaran Harrison (Aghamore); David Kenny (Aghamore), Michael Hall (Breaffy), James Kelly (Belmullet); Val Roughneen (Balla), Stephen Coen (Hollymount/Carramore, captain); Fergal Boland (Aghamore), Conor Loftus (Crossmolina), Diarmuid O’Connor (Ballintubber); Michael Plunkett (Ballintubber), Brian Reape (Moy Davitts), Fionan Duffy (Crossmolina). Subs: Scott Kilker (Belmullet), Shairoze Akram (Ballaghaderreen), TJ Byrne (Kiltimagh), Barry Duffy (Balla), James Lyons (Aghamore), Eoin O’Donoghue (Belmullet), Colm Reape (Knockmore), Matthew Ruane (Breaffy), Mikey Murray (Ballina).
That’s a decent looking team, you’d have to say, and there are plenty of solid reinforcements on the bench as well. We’re long overdue a proper cut at the U21 championship so hopefully this year’s crop have what it takes to do this. Best of luck to them.
By the way, that U21 fixture tomorrow will be preceded at Páirc Seán by a Connacht Minor League Round 2 game, also between Mayo and Leitrim which throws in at 3pm. Following the tanking they got from Roscommon in the opening round last weekend, the minors will no doubt be looking to give a better account of themselves in this one. Good luck to them as well.
PS: I should have added, so I’ll do it now, that it’ll be a case of hit and miss from my point of view in terms of how much I’m online over the next week or thereabouts. I’m not disappearing altogether, just getting out a bit more over the coming days and this’ll be reflected in how active, or not, I’ll be here over the Easter period. Feel free, as always, to continue chatting away amongst yourselves.