Friday 18 October 2019

Mayo name starting 15 for Saturday's Connacht SFC semi clash with Roscommon

Keith Higgins will make his 155th appearance for Mayo against Roscommon on Saturday. Photo: Sportsfile
Keith Higgins will make his 155th appearance for Mayo against Roscommon on Saturday. Photo: Sportsfile

Mayo manager James Horan has named his starting 15 for Saturday's Connacht Senior Football Championship semi-final clash with Roscommon.

Horan's side will look to book their place in the Connacht final for the first time since 2015 when they face neighbours Roscommon at Elverys MacHale Park in Castlebar at 7pm.

Following a win over New York last time out the team named shows three changes.

In comes Chris Barrett, Michael Plunkett and captain Diarmuid O'Connor with Colm Boyle, James McCormack and James Carr missing out.

There will also be a first championship start for Ballintubber's Michael Plunkett having come off the bench in that New York win.

Dual star Keith Higgins, who made his championship debut against Roscommon back in 2005, will be playing his 155th game for Mayo.

The winners of this game will play Galway in the Connacht final on Sunday June 16.

Roscommon have named an unchanged team.

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Manager Anthony Cunningham has gone with the 15 starters who beat Leitrim in the first round for this second clash in the 2019 Championship of Division One teams.

Cathal Cregg will skipper the side from centre-forward in the injured absence of Enda Smith. All three Daly brothers on the squad, Conor, Niall and Ronan, wil start in the defence.

If the Rossies start with this exact team, they will field a dangerous looking full-forward line of Ultan Harney, Conor Cox and Diarmuid Murtagh.

Mayo SF (v Roscommon):

1. Robert Hennelly - Breaffy

2. Chris Barrett - Belmullet

3. Brendan Harrison - Aghamore

4. Keith Higgins - Ballyhaunis

5. Patrick Durcan - Castlebar Mitchels

6. Michael Plunkett - Ballintubber

7. Lee Keegan - Westport

8. Matthew Ruane - Breaffy

9. Aidan O’Shea - Breaffy

10. Fergal Boland - Aghamore

11. Jason Doherty - Burrishoole

12. Diarmuid O'Connor - Ballintubber(C)

13. Evan Regan - Ballina Stephenites

14. Darren Coen - Hollymount/Carramore

15. Kevin McLoughlin - Knockmore

Roscommon: Darren O’Malley; David Murray, Sean Mullooly, Conor Daly; Niall Daly, Conor Hussey, Ronan Daly; Tadgh O’Rourke, Shane Killoran; Hubert Darcy, Cathal Cregg, Niall Kilroy; Ultan Harney, Conor Cox, Diarmuid Murtagh

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