FBD LEAGUE PREVIEW
THE newly installed state-of-the-art floodlight system in Flanagan Park, Ballinrobe is expected to light up the South Mayo town tonight (Wednesday) as John O’Mahony’s Mayo take on Pat Fallon’s NUI, Galway in the FBD Connacht Football League.
The result of the match itself will have no bearing on the competition as both teams are out of contention, but John O’Mahony is expected to run the rule over a whole host of hopefuls with the start of the National Football League now just eleven days away.
He has given 28 players some game-time during the course of games against IT Sligo and Roscommon in the last seven days. However, he will definitely be without the likes of Alan Dillon and Ronan McGarrity tonight as both are in Dubai with the Vodafone All Stars.
James Kilcullen is also rated as doubtful because of stitches he received to a facial wound sustained against IT Sligo while Keith Higgins sat out last Sunday’s game against Roscommon due to a leg injury.
NUI, Galway will have five Mayo men in their ranks. Ballaghaderreen duo Stephen Drake and Barry Kelly are both expected to feature along with Ballina’s Ger Cafferkey, Carramore’s Dermot Costello and Shrule/Glencorrib’s Mark Ronaldson. Hollymount’s John Healy is out of contention for a starting place because of injury.
MEANWHILE, former Mayo manager John Maughan admitted that he was “impressed” with the performance of John O’Mahony’s team after their six point victory over Roscommon in last Sunday’s FBD Connacht League encounter.
“I was impressed,“ said the Roscommon boss. “Mayo are in the top three or four in the country and there’s no doubt about that. They’ll be there or thereabouts again. They’ll be a very difficult team to beat. Trevor Mortimer is back there, bubbling away. It was his first game back in quite a while and he caused us huge problems because of his power and forceful running. When you consider they were without quite a number of players, like Ronan McGarrity... Mayo are going to be good.
“We got a lesson there for a big portion of that second half,” he added. “Mayo were obviously very strong, they’ve greater resources than we have. We were very, very depleted numbers wise, we just don’t have the strength in depth that the Mayo boys have. They were bringing back players that have senior championship experience, the likes of Gary Mullins.”
FBD CONNACHT LEAGUE
MAYO v NUI Galway
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 24,
BALLINROBE, AT 7.30PM.
Referee: D Mullaney (Sligo)