Roscommon named their team for the replay earlier on today. The only surprise was that Kevin McStay opted to wait this long to do so – he normally makes the announcement a week out from the fixture and he had his pick for the drawn game out before our lads had warmed down properly after the Cork match.
This time he’s held off a bit longer but has, as expected, named an unchanged fifteen for the replay.
Roscommon (All-Ireland Quarter-Final Replay v Mayo, 7/8/2017): Colm Lavin (Éire Óg); Sean McDermott (Western Gaels), Niall McInerney (St. Brigid’s), David Murray (Padraig Pearses); John McManus (Roscommon Gaels), Sean Mullooly (Strokestown), Brian Stack (St Brigid’s); Tadgh O’Rourke (Tulsk), Enda Smith (Boyle); Fintan Cregg (Elphin), Niall Kilroy (Fuerty), Conor Devaney (Kilbride); Ciaráin Murtagh (St Faithleach’s), Diarmuid Murtagh (St Faithleach’s), Cian Connolly (Roscommon Gaels).
There’s a bit of twiddling with shirt numbers in that fifteen. Next Monday John McManus will wear the no.5 shirt in a direct swap with Niall McInerney who’ll line out at no.3. Fintan Cregg will don the no.10 jersey in a swap with Tadgh O’Rourke while Niall Kilroy and Cian Connolly switch numbers in the forward line, the former lining out at 11 on Monday while the latter will wear 15.
Does any of this mean anything? Probably not.
We usually name our team on the Friday night before we play but I’m not sure if we’re going to observe that particular convention this time around. Expect the unexpected. Up Mayo.