Monaghan last night named their team – their match-day 26, to be exact – for tomorrow evening’s League opener against us at MacHale Park (throw-in 7pm). Here are the details:
Monaghan (NFL Division One v Mayo, 4/2/2017): Rory Beggan (An Bhoth); Fintan Kelly (Cluain Eois), Drew Wylie (Béal Atha Beithe), Ryan Wylie (Béal Atha Beithe); Colin Walshe (Dubhamlacht), Neil McAdam (Na Cláirsigh Mhuineacháin), Kieran Duffy (Leachtain); Darren Hughes (An Bhoth), Kieran Hughes (An Bhoth); Karl O’Connell (Tigh Thalainn), Shane Carey (An Bhoth), Gavin Doogan (Machaire Cluain); Conor McCarthy (An Bhoth), Thomas Kerr (Béal Átha Beithe), Conor McManus (Cluain Tiobraid). Subs: Conor Forde (An Bhoth), James Mealiff (Cluain Eois), Owen Coyle (Leachtain), Brian Greenan (Cluain Tiobraid), Mikey Murnaghan (Domhnach Maighean), Niall Kearns (Seán Mac Diarmada), Dermot Malone (Fág An Bealach), Owen Duffy (Leachtain), Ryan McAnespie (Scairbh na gCaorach), Stephen Finnegan (Domhnach Maighean), Barry McGinn (Dubhamlacht).
Ten of the team named above also featured in the Monaghan line-up when we last met, which was in the League up in Clones last March. These are Beggan, Walshe, Wylie (both of them), Duffy, McAdam, Darren Hughes, O’Connell, Kerr and McManus.
We’re due to name our team at some point later on today. I’m out myself this evening so fire ahead and lash the details up on the comments if you see the team announcement as it could a while later on before I do.
In the same paper Colm Gannon has a match preview (here) and there’s also a preview of the ladies’ League match this weekend. This is another Mayo/Monaghan clash but this one’s on up in Clones on Sunday (throw-in 2pm).
Have you signed up for the NFL prediction mini-league yet, by the way? There’s still time to do so (full details here) but you’d need to be getting your skates on at this stage. Week 1 predictions need to be done no later than 7pm tomorrow, by which time, no doubt, we’ll all be licking our chomps ready for the start of our first competitive outing of 2017.