Last night at Breaffy was a proud one for the county’s all-conquering U21 team of 2016. At a celebration event in the hotel, they were presented with their All-Ireland medals and very nice the medals looked too:
— Mayo GAA (@MayoGAA) December 22, 2016
Manager Mike Solan paid tribute to his charges last night, saying that there was “massive talent” in the group and that their All-Ireland success was “no accident”. He urged them to continue to do their best.
With the likes of two-time Young Footballer of the Year Diarmuid O’Connor, along with Stephen Coen, Conor Loftus, Michael Hall and Brian Reape already on the senior squad, with others from the U21 class of 2016 such as Michael Plunkett, Sharoize Akram, Fergal Boland and Liam Irwin heading in the same direction, there’s every hope that this group could be central to our continued push for greatness in the years ahead.
Well done to Mike Solan and his players for giving us such a great year to remember, capped off by that an unforgettable day down in Ennis at the end of April.
But, just as the curtain falls on 2016 for the U21s, it’s soon to be hauled right up for the 2017 contingent. The pre-season U21 North-West Cup is now in its second season (maybe they’ll play it to the finish this year) and once again it’ll be played off in January. This year sees Derry replace Fermanagh in the four-cornered tournament, with Donegal and Sligo, along with ourselves, still in it.
Our matches in this competition are as follows:
- Round 1 (7/1/2017): Mayo v Derry (venue and time TBC)
- Round 2 (14/1/2017): Sligo v Mayo (Sligo Centre of Excellence, time TBC)
- Round 3 (21/1/2017): Mayo v Donegal (venue and time TBC)
It sure will be good to have the football to talk about again, won’t it?