Tomorrow evening at MacHale Park promises to be a fun occasion, with two games taking place under the lights, the first of which sees a number of iconic names from yesteryear lacing up their boots and hitting the turf once again.
The main event tomorrow night is the match between the TG4 Underdogs and a Mayo selection, which is also being broadcast live on TG4. This game throws in at 8pm.
We haven’t named a team for the Underdogs game yet but, in a preview piece by Ger Flanagan in the Mayo News (here), a number of names who might feature in what’s sure to be an experimental line-up were mentioned. These included goalkeepers Mícheál Schlingermann and Rory Byrne, as well as others such as James Stretton, David Kenny, Liam Irwin, Barry Duffy, Jordan Flynn, Ryan O’Donoghue and Gary Boylan. (UPDATE: team named now, see below).
It’ll be interesting to see what kind of team we field for the game but of equal, if not greater, interest will be the curtain-raiser that throws in at 6.30pm.
That’s because this game – which pits a 2004/6 Mayo Legends team against a Club Selection XV – sees the return to duty by several storied warriors from an era that saw us twice reach the All-Ireland final. The game is a commemorative one to honour the memory of the late, great John Morrison who coached the Mayo team when Mickey Moran was manager in 2006.
The Legends team features the likes of David Heaney, Gary Ruane, Trevor and Conor Mortimer, Ronan McGarrity, David Brady, Kevin O’Neill and, yes, Ciaran MacDonald. Here’s the full Legends line-up (including subs!) for tomorrow night.
Sadly, I won’t get to see this game as I’m up here so will have to make do with watching the main event on TG4. For those of you who do get there, enjoy it – it should be an evening to savour.
UPDATE: the team and subs for the match against the Underdogs was named last night after this post went up. Here are the full details.