The county’s minor footballers have a do-or-die meeting at the weekend with Galway. Their preliminary round Connacht MFC championship fixture throws in at MacHale Park this coming Sunday (April 30th) at 2.30pm.
It’s the final year that minor will be played as an U18 competition and our lads have been handed the toughest possible route through the province this time around. If they get over Sunday’s clash against the young Tribesmen the next hurdle facing them is a semi-final against Roscommon. As the back door arrangement in minor only applies at provincial final level (which I’ve always felt is a particularly daft way of doing it) both of these games are, then, all-or-nothing ones.
The minors are managed this year by Damien Gavin and here’s the side he and his fellow selectors have named for Sunday’s fixture:
Mayo (Connacht MFC v Galway, 30/4/2017): Jamie McNicholas (Kiltimagh); Jack Coyne (Ballyhaunis), Mark Dervan (Breaffy), Oran O’Malley (Ballinrobe); Paul Towey (Charlestown), Gavin Durcan (Castlebar Mitchels, captain), Conor Beirne (Breaffy); Joe Dawson (Louisburgh), Cillian Golding (Balla); Stephen McGreal (Claremorris), Nathan Moran (Hollymount/Carramore), Michael McGarry (Eastern Gaels); Cathal Slattery (Garrymore), Sean Keane (Louisburgh), Tommy Conroy (The Neale).
Best of luck to the lads on Sunday.