We’ve named our team to play Dublin on Saturday night, with four changes from the side that lined out against Donegal last weekend. Here’s the team we’ve picked to face All-Ireland champions Dublin.
Mayo (NFL Division One v Dublin, 2/2/2020): Robbie Hennelly (Breaffy); Padraig O’Hora (Ballina Stephenites), Oisin Mullin (Kilmaine), Brendan Harrison (Aghamore); Michael Plunkett (Ballintubber), Colm Boyle (Davitts), Paddy Durcan (Castlebar Mitchels); Stephen Coen (Hollymount/Carramore), Diarmuid O’Connor (Ballintubber); Fergal Boland (Aghamore), Ryan O’Donoghue (Belmullet), Jordan Flynn (Crossmolina Deel Rovers); Kevin McLoughlin (Knockmore), James Carr (Ardagh), James Durcan (Castlebar Mitchels).
So it’s four changes from the Donegal game. In come Robbie Hennelly, Michael Plunkett, Kevin McLoughlin and James Durcan, while out go David Clarke, Tom Parsons, Bryan Walsh and Brian Reape. While it’s a first League appearance in 2020 for both Robbie and Michael, Kevin and James both featured off the bench in Ballybofey.
Saturday night’s team also features a host of positional switches – to the extent this means anything nowadays – from the Donegal game. By my count, Paddy Durcan is the only player on the starting fifteen who will be wearing the same number on his jersey – no.7 – on Saturday night as he did up in Ballybofey. Is that some kind of record for us?
No sign of the Dublin team yet, of course – they usually hold out until close to throw-in before they deign to release team details so best not hold your breath ahead of that particular development.