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After Sunday’s false start the county’s footballers get a second chance to start their year this evening. Leitrim provide the opposition at MacHale Park tonight, where throw-in is set for 7pm.
From what I can see, cold and wet conditions are forecast for Castlebar later on. Not ideal weather in anyone’s book but at least it looks like it won’t be freezing so there’s a good chance this one will go ahead.
We named our team last night (too late for me to see it, given my current location and the shift in time zones involved) and it contains thirteen changes from the one named for Sunday’s ill-fated fixture against Galway. Here’s tonight’s team:
Mayo (Connacht FBD League v Leitrim, 10/1/2018): Paddy O’Malley (Westport); Marcus Park (Knockmore), Ger McDonagh (Castlebar Mitchels), Aidan Butler (Claremorris); James Stretton (Claremorris), Colm Boyle (Davitts), James McCormack (Claremorris); Barry Moran (Castlebar Mitchels), Jordan Flynn (Crossmolina); Fionn McDonagh (Westport), Neil Douglas (Castlebar Mitchels), Nathan Moran (Hollymount/Carramore); Ross Egan (Aghamore), Alan Freeman (Aghamore), Ciaran Treacy (Ballina Stephenites).
So it’s a case of all changed, changed utterly from the team that was named for Sunday’s game, with only Fionn and Ger McDonagh retained from then. I’m not even sure the Castlebar man was on the team announced on the day last Sunday (if this even happened) so it could be fourteen changes for this evening’s match.
A raft of players are set to make their senior inter-county debuts tonight. By my reckoning it’s nine, with Paddy O’Malley, Marcus Park, Ger McDonagh, Aidan Butler, James Stretton, Jordan Flynn, Nathan Moran, Ross Egan and Ciaran Treacy all lining out for the county for the first ever time. James McCormack came on as a sub in the opening round of the FBD last year, replacing Fionn McDonagh whose only previous start was in that game. Best of luck to all those lining out for the first time tonight.
Given where I am on the planet right now – allied to the fact that it is still only pre-season – I won’t be doing a whole pile later on about the game but I will give it some kind of mention. Safe travelling all and here’s hoping there is some on-field action to get exercised about on this occasion. Up Mayo.