We’ve just named our starting fifteen to face Roscommon under the lights at MacHale Park tomorrow evening (throw-in 7pm). Here’s the line-up we’ve announced:
Mayo (NFL Division One v Roscommon, 25/2/2017): David Clarke (Ballina Stephenites); Donie Newcombe (Castlebar Mitchels), Keith Higgins (Ballyhaunis), Paddy Durcan (Castlebar Mitchels); Stephen Coen (Hollymount/Carramore), Colm Boyle (Davitts), David Drake (Ballaghaderreen); Donal Vaughan (Ballinrobe), Jason Gibbons (Ballintubber); Fergal Boland (Aghamore), Kevin McLoughlin (Knockmore), Diarmuid O’Connor (Ballintubber); Andy Moran (Ballaghaderreen), Cillian O’Connor (Ballintubber), Jason Doherty (Burrishoole).
So, it’s two changes from the side that started against Kerry in Tralee a fortnight ago. Into the team for tomorrow night come Jason Gibbons, in at midfield for the suspended Tom Parsons, and Diarmuid O’Connor, who replaces Conor O’Shea to make his first start of the year.
The team above shows considerable change from the one we fielded for the Hyde Park mud-bath against the same opposition in March last year. In fact, just four of the starting fifteen for tomorrow night – Colm Boyle, Donal Vaughan, Jason Doherty and Diarmuid O’Connor – also were on the pitch for the throw-in last March. However, Paddy Durcan, Stephen Coen, Cillian O’Connor and David Drake – who all made an appearance off the bench that day – are in the team named to start tomorrow night.
The Rossies have just named their pick for tomorrow evening’s clash too – full details on their Facebook page here.