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Three players who caught our eye for Mayo v Roscommon



Mike Finnerty

Michael Plunkett
NICE and quietly, the All-Ireland winning under 21 half-back has slotted into the Mayo senior team for three weekends in succession. And, truth be told, he’s done very little wrong in any of those outings.
Plunkett is a really good footballer, comfortable in possession, and well able to do the unfashionable work too.
Everybody knows that Mayo are well stocked when it comes to swashbuckling half-backs, but Plunkett has the ability and versatility to force his way into Stephen Rochford’s plans too.
Some Ballintubber GAA folk feel he’s more suited to the half-forward line, but he didn’t look out of place in defence here.

Liam Irwin
AFTER tearing it up as a Mayo minor and under 21 with his goals and free-taking, there are a lot of eyes on the Breaffy forward to see how he fares at senior level.
Last Sunday was another solid day out as he marked his third successive start with a well-taken goal in the first half.
Irwin also landed one trademark free from the right wing, and showed his prowess as a ball-winning forward more than once.
Whether he’s done enough to force his way into Stephen Rochford’s National League squad remains to be seen.
We think he just might be there come February.

Andy Moran
HE may have turned 33 in November, and is embarking on his 15th season as a senior inter-county footballer, but on the evidence of last Sunday, Andy is still raring for action!
Ten minutes he was on the pitch for; that’s all the time it took for the crafty forward to fire in two goals, including the winner, and leave Roscommon fans dazed and confused.
Being from Ballaghaderreen, and with the choice words of some Rossie fans ringing in his ears, Andy also delivered a goal celebration more akin to Match of the Day than the FBD League as he kissed the Mayo GAA crest on his jersey.
As he says himself, ‘I’m going nowhere!’.

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