Photo: Connacht GAA
Our lads don’t take the field until Sunday but Round 1 of the pre-season Connacht FBD League gets going tonight. This year, the FBD returns to its roots, with the third-level colleges not involved so it’s four rounds of inter-county matches, followed by a final (scheduled for next month) between the top two.
This evening’s matches see Sligo host Galway
in Tourlestane while Leitrim entertain Roscommon at their new Centre of Excellence in Annaduff. Both matches throw in under lights – and, one assumes, in windy conditions – at 7pm. UPDATE: The Sligo/Galway game has now been switched to the Connacht Centre of Excellence at Bekan. Throw-in time remains 7pm.
Galway have, as you’d expect, named an experimental line-up for this evening’s game. Four players who featured in last year’s All-Ireland U21 final get starts for the seniors tonight – full details here. Sligo, under new manager Cathal Corey, give senior debuts to six players – details here.
Roscommon, meanwhile, have named a 24-man panel for their trip to play Leitrim this evening. The full list is here. I can’t find any details on Leitrim’s team for this fixture.
Closer to home, this week’s edition of the Mayo News (paper and digital formats) has plenty of GAA coverage ahead of the start of our FBD League campaign at the weekend so you might want to check that out. Included in this week’s paper is an in-depth interview by Mike Finnerty with Stephen Rochford and some of this will also feature in the first episode for 2018 of the Mayo News football podcast, which goes online later on this evening.