Mayo GAA senior football manager Kevin McStay has made three changes to his team from that which was defeated by Roscommon in the Connacht GAA semi-final, for their opening game in the Championship Round-Robin against Kerry this Saturday, May 20th at 3:00pm in Fitzgerald Stadium in Killarney.
David McBrien returns to the starting fifteen and will make his championship debut at full-back after recovering from an injury that kept him out of the Connacht semi-final. McBrien replaces Eoghan McLoughlin in the Mayo defence. Sam Callinan at corner-back will also make his championship debut getting the nod on this occasion ahead of Donnacha McHugh. James Carr is also back to full fitness and is named ahead of vice-captain Tommy Conroy in the Mayo full forward line.
The rock-solid Colm Reape continues in goal with McBrien and Callinan now partnered by the tigerish Jack Coyne in the Mayo full-back line. Captain Paddy Durcan, Conor Loftus and the ever-reliable Stephen Coen are listed to start in the Mayo half-back line. Stephen Coen will make his 100th League & Championship appearance for Mayo on Saturday. He made his debut against Kerry on 1st February 2015 in the Allianz National Football League. Matthew Ruane and Diarmuid O'Connor will anchor the Mayo midfield once again with a familiar look to the Mayo front sextet. Fionn McDonagh, Jack Carney and Jordan Flynn were regulars, and all impressed during the Allianz League with Aidan O'Shea, James Carr and former All-Star Ryan O'Donoghue named to start in the Mayo full forward line. Adian O' Shea will make his 80th championship appearance on Saturday. The Breaffy club man is now 9th on the all-time list behind Stephen Cluxton on 113 with Andy Moran the only Mayo player ahead of him on 84 championship appearances.
Mayo were defeated by Kerry in last year's All-Ireland Quarter Final 1-18 to 0-13 at Croke Park however, they got revenge in Round 3 of the NFL this year when they defeated the Kingdom in Hastings Insurance MacHale Park by 2-14 to 1-10. Jack O'Connor has managed Kerry to victory in all five championship games against Mayo during his three terms as Kerry manager (2004, 2005, 2006, 2011 and 2022). Sean Hurson from Tyrone is down to officiate at the game.
Midwest radio will have live commentary with thanks to O’Halloran & O’Brien Construction in the UK with Michael D McAndrew and Martin Carney.
The game this weekend is live on GAAGO. Go to https://www.gaago.ie/fixture/PC12-23-F-R1A
Get your tickets here: https://www.ticketmaster.ie/kerry-v-mayo-gaa-football-all-co-kerry-20-05-2023/event/18005EA9B17355CA
Mayo senior football team is as follows.
- Colm Reape Knockmore
- Jack Coyne Ballyhaunis
- David Mc Brien Ballaghaderreen
- Sam Callinan Ballina Stephenites
- Paddy Durcan Castlebar Mitchels
- Conor Loftus Crossmolina Deel Rovers
- Stephen Coen Hollymount/Carramore
- Matthew Ruane Breaffy
- Diarmuid O'Connor Ballintubber
- Fionn McDonagh Westport
- Jack Carney Kilmeena
- Jordan Flynn Crossmolina Deel Rovers
- Aidan O'Shea Breaffy
- James Carr Ardagh
- Ryan O'Donoghue Beal an Mhuirthead
Rory Byrne Castlebar Mitchels
Tommy Conroy The Neale
Jason Doherty Burrishoole
Enda Hession Garrymore
Darren McHale Knockmore
Donnacha McHugh Castlebar Mitchels
Eoghan McLaughlin Westport
Kevin McLoughlin Knockmore
Padraig O'Hora Ballina Stephenites
Paul Towey Charlestown Sarsfields
Bob Tuohy Castlebar Mitchels
Manager: Kevin McStay
Selectors: Stephen Rochford, Donie Buckley, Liam McHale and Damien Mulligan