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3 big game talking points against Donegal

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MAKING A BREAKMayo debutant Jordan Flynn goes past Donegal’s Michael Langan during Saturday night’s National League match in Ballybofey. Pic: Sportsfile

Mike Finnerty

1 James Durcan’s cameo

HE may be often referred to ‘Paddy Durcan’s twin brother’ (often by some of us in the media), but the 25 year-old forward made a name for himself in style last Saturday night.
James Horan sent Durcan on in the 66th minute as Mayo’s fifth substitute.
By the time the final whistle sounded 12 minutes later the Mitchels man had scored 1-3, including the brilliant last-gasp equalising goal.
Considering his Mayo appearances last season consisted of two starts against Galway and Kerry in the National League, and a couple of minutes at the end of the All-Ireland Qualifier win over Donegal, this was some way to leave a calling card!

2 Mayo’s long list of absentees
CONSIDERING all the players that were missing and unavailable for Mayo last weekend, getting a draw in Ballybofey was no mean achievement.
In no particular order they were down key men like Chris Barrett, Eoin O’Donoghue, Lee Keegan, Donie Vaughan, Seamie O’Shea, Matthew Ruane, Fionn McDonagh, Cillian O’Connor, Darren Coen, Ciaran Treacy and Jason Doherty.
Plus throw in the fact that Aidan O’Shea only had two or three training sessions under his belt, and Kevin McLoughlin and Keith Higgins came off the bench.
James Horan said after last Saturday night’s match that Darren Coen might come back into the frame for the Dublin clash but it remains to be seen about the others.

3 Dynamic duo make debuts
FRESH from their recent award-winning success at the Club Stars awards, Oisin Mullin and Tommy Conroy continued their habit of hitting milestones at the same time last Saturday night in Ballybofey.
Oisin, who won’t be 20 until next month, made his first senior start for Mayo at corner-back to join an illustrious list of Kilmaine players who have worn the county jersey.
Tommy, who will be 21 later this year, made his senior debut when he came off the bench at half-time and kicked a glorious point with his first possession to mark the occasion.
He was the first man from The Neale to play NFL for Mayo since Pat Casey in 2006!

 

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