There I was earlier on saying that naming teams in advance wasn’t really the done thing for the FBD. Well, James Horan and his selectors clearly had other ideas – as is their prerogative – and have decided to release details of the starting fifteen for Sunday’s FBD opener against Leitrim at Carrick-on-Shannon (throw-in 1.30pm). Here’s the team that’s been named:
Mayo (FBD Preliminary Round v Leitrim, 6/1/2019): Rob Hennelly (Breaffy); Eoin O’Donoghue (Belmullet), Ger Cafferkey (Ballina Stephenites), Brendan Harrison (Aghamore); Lee Keegan (Westport), James McCormack (Claremorris), Donal Vaughan (Castlebar Mitchels); Seamus O’Shea (Breaffy), Stephen Coen (Hollymount/Carramore); Fionn McDonagh (Westport), Jason Doherty (Burrishoole, captain), Fergal Boland (Aghamore); Colm Moran (Westport), Brian Reape (Bohola Moy Davitts), Evan Regan (Ballina Stephenites).
It’s just the first match of the year – a pre-season one at that – so I wouldn’t be reading too much into who has or hasn’t been named in this particular team. It’s a strong enough selection, for sure, but there’s also a sprinkling of newer lads in there too, with James McCormack, Fionn McDonagh, Colm Moran and Brian Reape all given starting berths.
Of that quartet, I think it’s only Colm Moran – a member of last year’s U20 team – who is togging for the first time at senior level for the county. The other three all saw action in the FBD previously and Brian Reape has been on the fringes of the senior panel for the last few years.
Leitrim have also named their team for Sunday – a piece on both team announcements is here.
Mayo GAA have also advised tonight that it’s advisable for those attending the game to buy their tickets in advance, which you can do at either Centra or SuperValu. Clearly, a bumper crowd is expected and there could well be a bit of congestion at the entrance so it’s worth heeding this advice.