I know it was reported earlier in the week that the teams for Sunday would be announced today but I doubt I’m the only one caught on the hop. I’ve an uneaten sandwich here in front of me and I need to get out the door to a work meeting shortly so, without further ceremony, here’s the starting team we’ve named:
Mayo (Connacht SFC Quarter-Final v Galway, 13/5/2018): David Clarke (Ballina Stephenites); Eoin O’Donoghue (Belmullet), Ger Cafferkey (Ballina Stephenites), Keith Higgins (Ballyhaunis); Paddy Durcan (Castlebar Mitchels), Colm Boyle (Davitts), Stephen Coen (Hollymount/Carramore); Seamus O’Shea (Breaffy), Tom Parsons (Charlestown Sarsfields); Kevin McLoughlin (Knockmore), Aidan O’Shea (Breaffy), Diarmuid O’Connor (Ballintubber); Conor Loftus (Crossmolina), Cillian O’Connor (Ballintubber), Andy Moran (Ballaghaderreen).
Plenty to chew over there, not least how close the team listed above is to the one that actually starts on Sunday. I’d say we’ll see at least one and maybe two or three changes before throw-in.
That caveat aside, and taking the team named at face value, it’s a first championship start for Eoin O’Donoghue (and I think he will start as well), a welcome return to the fray for Keith Higgins and an equally welcome return to action for team captain Cillian O’Connor.
Galway have also named their team for Sunday this afternoon – full details here. The same health warnings surround their team announcement, with their line-up including Alan Kerin but not Eamonn Brannigan.
Now, back to that sandwich.