We named our team a short while ago this morning for tomorrow evening’s Round 3 qualifier clash with Armagh at MacHale Park (throw-in 7pm). The selection we’ve named for this knockout tie is as follows:
Mayo (All-Ireland SFC Qualifiers Round 3 v Armagh, 29/6/2019): David Clarke (Ballina Stephenites); Chris Barrett (Belmullet), Brendan Harrison (Aghamore), Keith Higgins (Ballyhaunis); Lee Keegan (Westport), Michael Plunkett (Ballintubber), Patrick Durcan (Castlebar Mitchels, captain); Donal Vaughan (Castlebar Mitchels), Aidan O’Shea (Breaffy); Fionn McDonagh (Westport), Conor Loftus (Crossmolina Deel Rovers), Mikey Murray (Ballina Stephenites); Kevin McLoughlin (Knockmore), Andy Moran (Ballaghaderreen), Fergal Boland (Aghamore).
So it’s four changes from the team that started against Down in Round 2 last weekend. Into the team for tomorrow evening come Michael Plunkett, fit-again Donal Vaughan, debutant Mikey Murray and Fergal Boland. All of that quartet bar Donie saw action off the bench in Newry. The four to drop out are Colm Boyle, the injured Diarmuid O’Connor, Jason Doherty and Darren Coen.
The naming of Mikey Murray in the team for tomorrow evening caps a rather remarkable rise for the young Ballina Stephenites player. He’s never played FBD or League for the county and was only called up to the senior squad prior to the start of the Championship. He made his senior inter-county debut off the bench the last evening in Páirc Esler but tomorrow evening is his first senior start for the county. The very best of luck to him.
There’ll be plenty of speculation as to whether or not the team named will actually be the one that lines out. James and his colleagues more often than not tend to go with the team announced – they did so in Newry while Down made around four changes to their named team – so may be they’ll do so again. In any event, we’ll find out soon enough.
Best of luck to the lads tomorrow evening.