Both ourselves and Kildare today named their teams for the All-Ireland U20 final. The inaugural national decider at this level throws in at Croke Park on Sunday at 1.15pm where Fermanagh’s Niall Cullen is the ref.
We’ve named the same team that lined out in the semi-final against Derry. The side will once again be captained by Ryan O’Donoghue and here it is:
Mayo (All-Ireland U20 final v Kildare, 5/8/2018): Patrick O’Malley (Westport); Johnny Maughan (Castlebar Mitchels), Brian O’Malley (Westport), Johnny Cunnane (Ballyhaunis); Paul Lambert (Westport), Cathal Horan (Kilmovee), Oisin McLaughlin (Westport); Evan O’Brien (Ballinrobe), Jordan Flynn (Crossmolina Deel Rovers); Nathan Moran (Hollymount/Carramore), Ryan O’Donoghue (Belmullet, captain), Tommy Conroy (The Neale); Conor Diskin (Claremorris), Ross Egan (Aghamore), Colm Moran (Westport).
Kildare also named their team for the final today. Full details are here.
I know I haven’t given this match much coverage on the blog in the run-up to Sunday but that’s just the way it has to be around here at times, given the largely one-man band nature of the site. I am, though, looking forward to watching the decider live on Sunday and will be posting something on it after the final whistle.
Kildare are deserved favourites to land the title but, from the small bit of them that I’ve seen, our lads are a group who don’t know when they’re beaten. That kind of doggedness, allied to the considerable skill and versatility in their ranks, should ensure they’ll give it everything in their pursuit of glory at Croke Park.
Best of luck to Mike Solan and the lads as they prepare for Sunday’s final frontier.