The Tribesmen have now named their starting fifteen for Sunday and here it is:
Galway (Connacht SFC semi-final v Mayo, 26/6/2011): Adrian Faherty; Alan Burke, Colin Forde, Johnny Duane; Gary O’Donnell, Greg Higgins, Gary Sice; Joe Bergin, Finian Hanley; Owen Concannon, Mark Hehir, Garreth Bradshaw; Padraig Joyce, Paul Conroy, Cormac Bane.
So KC was on the money, with those three U21 lads – Colin Forde, Johnny Duane and Mark Hehir – all making their senior championship debuts on Sunday, as does centre-back Greg Higgins. From our perspective, there are plenty of new names to get acquainted with in this line-up but there’s a few old faces in there too. I guess the key thing from Tomas O Flaharta’s point of view will be whether or not he’s got the balance right but, no more than our man, it looks like he’s had little choice but to set out his stall in the way that he’s done.