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  • Connacht Juniors Teamsheet



    Location, Date & Time

    Old Christians RFC Glanmire– 12th May 2018 – Kick Off  1.30pm

    Connacht Team


    Aidan Leech (Creggs RFC)


    Rory Grenham (Buccaneers RFC) Captain


    Shane McGuiness (Sligo RFC)


    Rob Holian (Ballinrobe RFC)


    Brendan Darcy ( Corrib RFC)


    Kieran Linsey (Ballina RFC)


    Stephen Joyce (Monivea RFC)


    Roy Stanley (NUIG RFC)


    Ryan Guilfoyle (Nuig RFC)


    Daniel Keane (Ballinrobe RFC)


    Dean McMahon (Buccaneers RFC)


     Rossa Dooley (Buccaneers RFC)


    Matthew Mannion(Monivea RFC)


    James Kennedy (NUIG RFC)


    Chris O Neill (Ballina RFC)





    Christy Reilly (Galwagians RFC)



    Peter Magliocco (NUIG RFC)



    Michael McColgan (NUIG RFC)



    Eddie Dunning (Westport RFC)


    Alan Brandon (Creggs RFC)


    Luke Staunton (Castlebar RFC)


    Tom Staunton ( Ballinrobe RFC)

  • Connacht are boosted by the return of Irish internationals Bundee Aki, Finlay Bealham and Quinn Roux for the European Challenge Cup clash with Perpignan in The Sportsground on Saturday.

    Aki forms a midfield partnership with 22 year old Academy player Kieran Joyce who is set to make his debut.

    Bealham returns to the front row sees him line up alongside hooker Dave Heffernan who captains the side and loosehead Peter McCabe.

    Second row Joe Maksymiw comes in for his first start alongside Quinn Roux.

  • Prop Denis Buckley is set to make his 150th appearance for his province as the Roscommon man is named in Connacht's starting side to face Munster in the Sportsground on Saturday (Kick off 7:35pm). Tickets for the interpro derby have completely sold out as Andy Friend's side go into the fixture with six wins in their last seven games.

    Buckley is named in a front row that includes hooker Dave Heffernan who takes over the captaincy from Jarrad Butler who picked up a knock in the win over Ulster. In the second row the partnership of Quinn Roux and Gavin Thornbury continues with Ultan Dillane named among the replacements.

    Jack Carty and Caolin Blade continue their half back partnership, with Blade named in the match day squad for the 16th game in a row.

    In the midfield Tom Daly, who joined Connacht on loan in December, is set to make his Connacht debut alongside Tom Farrell.

    In the back three, Connacht's record try scorer Matt Healy returns from injury to take his place on the wing with Cian Kelleher on the opposite wing and Darragh Leader at full back.

    Kick-off 7:35pm:

    (15-9) Darragh Leader, Cian Kelleher, Tom Farrell, Tom Daly, Matt Healy, Jack Carty, Caolin Blade, (1-8) Denis Buckley, Dave Heffernan (Capt), Dominic Robertson Mc-Coy, Gavin Thornbury, Quinn Roux, Paul Boyle, Colby Fainga'a, Eoghan Masterson.

    Replacements (16-23): Tom McCartney, Peter McCabe, Finlay Bealham, Ultan Dillane, Cillian Gallagher, Angus Lloyd, David Horwitz, Colm DeBuitlear.

  • Ireland international scrum half Kieran Marmion has returned to the Connacht side to face the Ospreys at the Brewery Field, Bridgend on Friday (Kick off 8:05pm). His return sees him renew his half back partnership with Jack Carty who is back in the starting team after being rested for the trip to Sale last weekend.

    Bundee Aki also returns to the midfield alongside Tom Farrell. They are part of a back line that includes Tiernan O’Halloran at full back and Niyi Adeolokun and Cian Kelleher on the wings.

    In the forwards, Finlay Bealham who was named in the Ireland squad yesterday, starts at tight head. He is joined in the front row by loosehead Denis Buckley and hooker Tom McCartney. Behind them in the scrum will be Quinn Roux and Ultan Dillane.

    Sean O’Brien returns from injury and is named in the back row with Captain Jarrad Butler at openside and 21 year old Paul Boyle at number 8.


  • The Galway team to face Roscommon is

    1. Rory Lavelle
    2. Declan Kyne
    3. Sean Andy O’Ceallaigh
    4. David Wynne
    5. Cathal Sweeney
    6. Gareth Bradshaw
    7. Sean Kelly
    8. Paul Conroy
    9. Thomas Flynn
    10. Eamon Brannigan
    11. Shane Walsh
    12. Johnny Heaney
    13. Ian Burke
    14. Damien Comer
    15. Barry McHugh

    Mayo look to continue their good run of form when they make the trip to Croke Park to face Dublin on Saturday night.

    Following a win over Cavan last time out James Horan continues his rotation policy as he makes 6 changes to his starting team. Rob Hennelly, Brendan Harrison, Colm Boyle, Donal Vaughan, Ciaran Treacy & Brian Reape all come into the team with David Clarke, Stephen Coen, Michael Plunkett, Diarmuid O'Connor, Evan Regan & Colm Moran all losing out. Saturday night will be a significant milestone for Keith Higgins as he makes his 150th appearance for the Senior footballers having made his debut against Dublin in the league in February 2005. He also captains the team.


    1. Rob Hennelly - Breaffy
    2. Brendan Harrison - Aghamore
    3. Ger Cafferkey - Ballina Stephenites
    4. Keith Higgins - Ballyhaunis(C)
    5. Lee Keegan - Westport
    6. Colm Boyle - Davitts
    7. Paddy Durcan - Castlebar Mitchels
    8. Matthew Ruane - Breaffy
    9. Donal Vaughan - Castlebar Mitchels
    10. Fionn McDonagh - Westport
    11. Aidan O’Shea - Breaffy
    12. Ciaran Treacy - Ballina Stephenites
    13. Andy Moran - Ballaghaderreen
    14. Brian Reape - Bohola Moy Davitts
    15. Jason Doherty - Burrishoole

  • Mayo face Kildare on Sunday in the U20 All Ireland Final in Croke Park. Following wins over Leitrim, Roscommon & Derry Sunday's final will see the Connacht & Leinster champions go head to head. Manger Mike Solan names an unchanged team from that win over Derry in the semi-finals. Throw-in on Sunday is 1.15pm:


    1. Patrick O Malley - Westport
    2. Johnny Maughan - Castlebar Mitchels
    3. Brian O Malley - Westport
    4. John Cunnane - Ballyhaunis
    5. Paul Lambert - Westport
    6. Cathal Horan - Kilmovee
    7. Oisin McLaughlin - Westport
    8. Evan O Brien - Ballinrobe
    9. Jordan Flynn - Crossmolina Deel Rovers
    10. Nathan Moran - Hollymount/Carramore
    11. Ryan O Donoghue - Belmullet(Captain)
    12. Tommy Conroy - The Neale
    13. Conor Diskin - Claremorris
    14. Ross Egan - Aghamore
    15. Colm Moran - Westport

  • Quinn Roux's another that has been released from international duty, and he's on the bench for Connacht's meeting with the Ospreys in the Pro 14.

    Second row Andrew Browne finally returns from an Achilles to make his first appearance of the season.

    While James Cannon and out-half Craig Ronaldson are also restored to the Connacht side.

  • Roscommon senior football manager Kevin McStay has named his team to face Armagh in the fourth round All Ireland Senior Football Qualifier game to be played on Saturday in Portlaoise.

    The team features a number of changes to the one that started against Galway in the Connacht Final including starts for Ultan Harney, Cathal Cregg and Seán Mc Dermott. Making way for these are an injured Brian Stack while Fintan Cregg and Niall Kilroy are named elsewhere in the match day 26. 

    Seán McDermott makes a return to championship football after not featuring in this year’s Connacht championship. Seán is the most “capped” member of the panel with a total of 46 championship appearances since he made his debut against London in 2005. In fact, after coming on as a sub in that game he started every single championship game Roscommon played from 2005 up to and including the All Ireland Quarter Final Replay against Mayo in 2017.

    Next on that list is his Western Gaels club mate Cathal Cregg who will be making his 40th championship appearance on Saturday and has racked up 3 -43 in championship scores to date.

    Supporters will be delighted to see the return of Cathal Compton to mid field after coming off injured against Galway in the Connacht football final.

    The following players could not be considered due to injury, Brian Stack, Ciaran Lennon, Darra Pettit, Fergal Lennon, and Ronan Stack.

    The Conor Devaney led Roscommon Team is listed below


    1 Colm Lavin

    (Éire Óg)

    2 David Murray

    (Padraig Pearses)

    3 Niall McInerney

    (St Brigid’s)

    4 Seán McDermott

    (Western Gaels)

    5 John McManus

    (Roscommon Gaels)

    6 Peter Domican

    (St Brigid’s)

    7 Conor Devaney (Captain)


    8 Cathal Compton


    9 Tadgh O’Rourke

    (Tulsk Lord Edwards)

    10 Ciaráin Murtagh

    (St. Faithleach’s)

    11 Cathal Cregg

    (Western Gaels)

    12 Enda Smith


    13 Donie Smith


    14 Ultan Harney

    (Clann na nGael)

    15 Diarmuid Murtagh

    (St. Faithleach’s)





    16 James Featherstone

    (Roscommon Gaels)

    17 Conor Daly

    (Padraig Pearses)

    18 Finbar Cregg

    (Western Gaels)

    19 Fintan Cregg


    20 Gary Patterson

    (Michael Glavey’s)

    21 Ian Kilbride

    (St Brigid’s)

    22 Niall Daly

    (Padraig Pearses)

    23 Niall Kilroy


    24 Padraig Kelly

    (St Brigid’s)

    25 Shane Killoran


    26 Tadgh McKenna



    Kevin Mc Stay the Roscommon senior team manager has named his team to face Louth on Sunday next in the Gaelic Grounds in Drogheda at 2-00pm.

    The team and subs are listed below.

    1          James Featherston Roscommon Gaels

    2          Sean Mc Dermott    Western Gaels

    3          Peter Domican         St Brigid’s

    4          David Murray          Padraig Pearses

    5          Ronan Daly  Padraig Pearses

    6          Niall Daly     Padraig Pearses

    7          Ross Timothy           St. Croan’s

    8          Enda Smith  Boyle

    9          Conor Daly   Padraig Pearses

    10        Ciaráin Murtagh    St Faithleach’s

    11        Niall Kilroy  Fuerty

    12        Conor Devaney  (Capt.)     Kilbride

    13        Diarmuid Murtagh St Faithleach’s

    14        Ciaran Lennon        Clann na nGael

    15        Cathal Cregg           Western Gaels




    16        Colm Lavin  Éire Óg

    17        Cathal Compton      Strokestown

    18        Donie Smith Boyle

    19        Fergal Lennon         Clann na nGael

    20        Fintan Cregg           Elphin

    21        Henry Walsh            Kilbride

    22        Ian Kilbride  St Brigid’s

    23        John McManus        Roscommon Gaels

    24        Philip Neilan           Fuerty

    25        Shane Killoran        Elphin


    26        Tadhg McKenna     Boyle