We’ve named our team for Sunday’s Connacht SFC quarter-final against Leitrim at Carrick-on-Shannon (throw-in 1.15pm). Here’s the team we’re going with:
Mayo (Connacht SFC v Leitrim, 1/11/2020): David Clarke (Ballina Stephenites); Oisin Mullin (Kilmaine), Stephen Coen (Hollymount/Carramore), Lee Keegan (Westport); Paddy Durcan (Castlebar Mitchels), Rory Brickenden (Westport), Eoghan McLaughlin (Westport); Matthew Ruane (Breaffy), Conor Loftus (Crossmolina Deel Rovers); Bryan Walsh (Ballintubber), Ryan O’Donoghue (Belmullet), Jordan Flynn (Crossmolina Deel Rovers); Tommy Conroy (The Neale), Aidan O’Shea (Breaffy, captain), Cillian O’Connor (Ballintubber).
The most noteworthy point about the team we’ve named is the number of Championship debutants it includes. Half the outfield contingent – seven in total – fall into that category, With Oisin Mullin, Rory Brickenden, Eoghan McLaughlin, Bryan Walsh, Ryan O’Donoghue, Jordan Flynn and Tommy Conroy all handed Championship starts for the very first time. The best of luck to each and every one of them.
The team we’ve named also shows four changes from the side that started against Tyrone last Sunday. Into the team come Rory Brickenden at centre back, Ryan O’Donoghue (a battling substitute the last day) at centre forward, Jordan Flynn at wing forward and the fit again Cillian O’Connor at corner forward. The four to drop out are Kevin McLoughlin, Mark Moran, Diarmuid O’Connor and Darren Coen.
Leitrim have also named their starting fifteen for Sunday – details here.
The county’s hurling team for tomorrow’s Rackard Cup meeting with Tyrone was also named today. Full details on that line-up are here.