Mayo vs Galway

Mayo and Galway will recharge their long-running contention when they conflict in Castlebar today. It is Galway who have had the high ground recently. The Connacht rivals meet here in Castlebar in what has the makings of an energizing challenge.

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James Horan’s Mayo sit in a good place at the moment in relation to league standings. They sit in second place on 6 points just behind Kerry. A win would put the pressure on Dublin then to make the final. Mayo have played four games, winning three and losing one.

The wins came against Roscommon, Tyrone and Cavan, the loss came against Dublin last weekend in what was a very poor display from James Horan’s side, only managing to get 0-07 on the board. They will need more than 0-07 here as well if they are to challenge Galway. Galway will need a win here to remain in contention for a final spot. They have played four, won two and lost two. The wins coming against Cavan and Monaghan, the losses coming to Dublin and most recently, by a single point to Kerry last weekend.

Following that defeat James Horan again continues his rotation policy as he makes 6 changes to his starting team. Out go Rob Hennelly, Ger Cafferkey, Paddy Durcan, Ciaran Treacy, Andy Moran & Brian Reape with David Clarke, Chris Barrett, Stephen Coen, Diarmuid O’Connor, James Durcan & Darren Coen all getting the nod to start. Despite making 4 championship appearances in 2018 it’s a first taste of league action for James Durcan. Diarmuid O’Connor captains the team.

Galway boss Kevin Walsh has announced his side for the game, which sees talisman Shane Walsh omitted from the team due to a head injur , Eamonn Brannigan steps in place of him. Sean Kelly is also out with a hamstring injury. Johnny Heaney, Gareth Bradshaw and Gary O’Donnell will be key in defence, in attack then Brannigan, Barry McHugh and Padraic Cunningham will need to have big games

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