There were two Mayo team announcements made earlier today and here they are.
First up is the team named for tomorrow’s Connacht U20 Championship quarter-final against Galway at MacHale Park (throw-in 2pm). The starting fifteen for this all-or-nothing provincial Championship knockout tie is as follows:
Mayo (Connacht U20 Championship quarter-final v Galway, 8/2/2020): Jamie McNicoholas (Kiltimagh); Jack Coyne (Ballyhaunis, captain), David McBrien (Ballaghaderreen), Luke Tunney (Westport); Aaron McDonnell (Ballinrobe), Rory Brickenden (Westport), Enda Hession (Garrymore); Oisín Mullin (Kilmaine), Jack Carney (Kilmeena); Ciaran Gavin (Ballintubber), Frank Irwin (Ballina Stephenites), Paddy Goldrick (Charlestown); James Jennings (Mayo Gaels), Mark Moran (Westport), Paul Towey (Charlestown).
Close on half the team named for this tie – seven in total – also took part in last year’s U20 Connacht final against the same opposition. Jamie McNicholas, Jack Coyne, Aaron McDonnell, Rory Brickenden, Oisín Mullin, Paddy Goldrick and Paul Towey all lined out for us that evening in Tuam.
Galway have also named their team for tomorrow – that’s here.
It’s worth pointing out – as others have already done in the comments – that extremely adverse weather is forecast for the west tomorrow. In advance of the arrival of Storm Ciara, a Status Orange wind warning has been issued for Mayo and Donegal with effect from noon until 4pm tomorrow. In addition, a Status Yellow rainfall warning is in place for the whole country on Saturday, with the highest volumes of rain expected to land in the west.
Met Eireann describes an Orange wind warning as an event that produces “wind speeds with the capacity to produce dangerous, stormy conditions which may constitute a risk to life and property.” I’ll leave it up to yourselves to draw your own conclusions on the advisability of going ahead with an U20 Championship match in the kind of wild and wet conditions that are expected to hit tomorrow.
The wind should have eased a bit by Sunday afternoon, the storm having passed through by then but there’s still expected to be plenty of rain pelting down at that stage. So, if the women’s LGFA League Division One match against Waterford goes ahead as scheduled at Swinford Amenity Park that day (throw-in 2.30pm), that’s the kind of weather it’s likely to be played in.
The Mayo team for this match was named today and it shows five changes from the side that lined out against Dublin under the lights at MacHale Park last Saturday evening. Here it is:
Mayo (LGFA NFL Division One v Waterford, 9/2/2020): Aisling Tarpey (Foxrock/Cabinteely); Nicola O’Malley (Westport), Dayna Finn (Kiltimagh), Danielle Caldwell (Castlebar Mitchels); Kathryn Sullivan (Castlebar Mitchels), Ciara McManamon (Burrishoole), Ciara Whyte (Kilmoremoy); Clodagh McManamon (Burrishoole), Sinead Cafferkey (Kilmovee Shamrocks); Fiona Doherty (Bohola Moy Davitts), Maria Reilly (Kiltane), Lisa Cafferkey (Kilmovee Shamrocks); Jennifer Cawley (Burrishoole), Rachel Kearns (CL MacHale Rovers), Amy Halligan (The Neale).
Sunday’s team shows five changes from the side that started against Dublin last weekend. Into the first fifteen come Aisling Tarpey in goals, as well as Ciara McManamon, Maria Reilly, Jennifer Cawley and Amy Halligan. Out go Laura Brennan, Saoirse Lally, Roisin Durkin, Allanah Duffy and Natasha Gaughan.
The best of luck to all three Mayo teams in action this weekend. Hopefully the weather won’t be as rough as the forecast is currently predicting.