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Mayo up for Oscar award

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EDWIN MCGREAL


MAYO will hope to continue their winning run in the Oscar Traynor Cup on Sunday at 2pm when they entertain Inishowen at Milebush Park. Mick Wallace’s side have already secured the top place in the group after three wins to date over Roscommon, Galway and Donegal.
That ensures that Mayo will have home advantage in the last 16 of the competition. But Wallace doesn’t want to hold back for the weekend.
“We won’t tinker too much with our strongest side,” he told The Mayo News. “The lads want to keep winning so we’ll be picking as strong a side as we can. If things are going well for us we might try a few things later on.
”For instance I’ve always liked the idea of getting Ronan O’Boyle up front along with Vinny O’Malley and Mick Duffy and going from a 4-4-2 formation to 4-3-3 but we’ll have to see.”
The former Mulranny and Westport United goalkeeper may have to plan for Sunday without Mayo’s first choice goalkeeper to date Ciarán Kelly. Kelly has signed for Athlone Town and Wallace will have to pick between Ballina’s Niall Gallagher and Westport’s Martin McGreal.
The Mayo boss will also be able to call on team captain Johan Collins who was on holidays for the Donegal game and Ballina’s Levi Tierney who has returned from a fractured skull injury.
Mayo, who have scored 15 and only conceded one goal to date, should be able to continue their impressive run in this year’s competition and become the first ever Mayo team to win four Oscar Traynor Cup games in a row.

ELSEWHERE, St Muredach’s of Ballina will be hoping to win the blue riband of colleges soccer in the province when they take on Summerhill of Sligo in the Connacht Colleges A Final this coming Thursday (12.30pm kick-off).
Muredach’s have a 100% record en route to the final having defeated Presentation College, Headford, Ballyhaunis Community School and St Joseph’s (The Bish) of Galway in the group stages. In the quarter-final they overcame St Enda’s College of Galway on a penalty shoot-out after the teams were tied at 1-1 after extra-time. Additional time was also required in the semi-final, the Ballina school eventually beating Marist College of Athlone, 3-2.
Summerhill required penalties to beat The Bish in the semi-final and enjoyed earlier wins over St Paul’s of Oughterard, Gortnor Abbey and St Mary’s of Ballisodare along with a draw with St Enda’s. Ballina Town junior team centre-half Peter Duffy will be one of the key players for Muredach’s as will Irish underage star David Cawley, who has recently signed for Ipswich Town.

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