We’ve named our team to play Tipperary in tomorrow evening’s Round 2 qualifier at Semple Stadium (throw-in 5pm). Here it is:
Mayo (All-Ireland SFC Qualifiers Round 2 v Tipperary, 23/6/2018): David Clarke (Ballina Stephenites); Chris Barrett (Belmullet), Ger Cafferkey (Ballina Stephenites), Keith Higgins (Ballyhaunis); Colm Boyle (Davitts), Stephen Coen (Hollymount/Carramore), Paddy Durcan (Castlebar Mitchels); Seamus O’Shea (Breaffy), Lee Keegan (Westport); Kevin McLoughlin (Knockmore), Aidan O’Shea (Breaffy), Cian Hanley (Ballaghaderreen); Jason Doherty (Burrishoole), Cillian O’Connor (Ballintubber), Andy Moran (Ballaghaderreen).
So it’s three changes from the team that lined out against Limerick in Round 1. Out go Eoin O’Donoghue, Evan Regan and James Durcan and they’re replaced by Lee Keegan, Jason Doherty and Andy Moran. There are also a few positional switches, with Lee’s selection at midfield seeing Stephen Coen move to centre-back and Chris Barrett shift to corner-back.
Comparing the team we’ve named to the one that lined out when we last met Tipp in the championship – in the All-Ireland semi-final two years ago – we can see that there’s a fair bit of continuity since then. Eleven of the team named for tomorrow’s clash also started in that semi-final two years ago, while a twelfth came on as a sub. David Clarke, Keith Higgins, Lee Keegan, Colm Boyle, Paddy Durcan, Seamus O’Shea, Kevin McLoughlin, Aidan O’Shea, Jason Doherty, Cillian O’Connor and Andy Moran all started that game, while Chris Barrett joined the fray from the bench.
Tipperary named their starting fifteen and subs a bit earlier on. Full details are here.
There were two other team announcements made today that also deserve a mention. The U17s play Sligo tomorrow in Round 3 of the Connacht championship, with that game throwing in at MacHale Park at 12.30pm. The team we’ve named for that fixture is here. On Sunday the ladies face Galway in the Connacht SFC final and details of both teams are here. That game is also fixed for MacHale Park, where throw-in is 4pm. It’ll be preceded by the Intermediate final between Sligo and Roscommon, which throws in at 2pm.
Best of luck to all three Mayo teams in action this weekend.