We’ve named our team to play Limerick at the Gaelic Grounds in Round 1 of the qualifiers tomorrow evening (throw-in 6pm). Here’s the team we’ve announced:
Mayo (All-Ireland Qualifiers Round 1 v Limerick, 9/6/2018): David Clarke (Ballina Stephenites); Eoin O’Donoghue (Belmullet), Ger Cafferkey (Ballina Stephenites), Keith Higgins (Ballyhaunis); Colm Boyle (Davitts), Chris Barrett (Belmullet), Paddy Durcan (Castlebar Mitchels); Seamus O’Shea (Breaffy), Stephen Coen (Hollymount/Carramore); Kevin McLoughlin (Knockmore), Aidan O’Shea (Breaffy), Cian Hanley (Ballaghaderreen); Evan Regan (Ballina Stephenites), Cillian O’Connor (Ballintubber), Andy Moran (Ballaghaderreen).
So it’s four changes, two enforced, from the team that started against Galway last month. Out go the injured Tom Parsons and the suspended Diarmuid O’Connor, as well as Jason Doherty and Conor Loftus. That quartet are replaced by Ger Cafferkey, Cian Hanley, Cillian O’Connor and Evan Regan.
Special mentions there to full championship debutant Cian Hanley and to Evan Regan, the latter back after a long-term layoff. Cian makes his full championship bow in a Round 1 qualifier game eleven years after his big brother did the same, while Evan is set to make his first start since picking up that nasty facial injury against Kerry back in February.
Limerick have said they’ll name their team at lunchtime tomorrow. That’s a fluid enough term at the best of times but, in any event, their pick will be in the match programme later on in the day.
It was announced earlier today that both teams will wear changed strips tomorrow. They’ll be sporting some kind of lime green concoction while we’ll be in the nice red and black gear.
The county’s U20 team to face Leitrim at MacHale Park in tomorrow’s Connacht semi-final (throw-in 1.30pm) was also named today. Full details on that are here.