MAYO minor hurlers will be hoping to repeat the feat of their football counterparts when they take on Monaghan in the All-Ireland C hurling championship final on Ballinamore on Saturday.
The team is managed by Tooreen’s Brian Finn, ably assisted by John Regan (Ballina) and Adrian Brennan (Ballyhaunis).
The Mayo side qualified for the final courtesy of wins over Sligo (1-17 to 0-7) and Cavan (1- 16 to 0-2) in the group stages of the competition. Monaghan had wins over Tyrone and Louth on their path to the final.
Manager Finn will be looking to strong performances from the contingent from recent county minor championship winners Tooreen, notably team captain Fergal Boland, to lead the charge against Monaghan.
Other key players in the squad include Castlebar’s Corey Scahill and Shane Nugent, brothers Morgan and James Lyons, and Shane Healy from Ballyhaunis, Conor Canty, Shrule-Glencorrib, and James Murphy, Moytura.
Monaghan will present a very stern test to Mayo having been training collectively since early in the year. They contested the Ulster minor hurling shield final back in April but were defeated 2-7 to 0-5 by a strong Donegal team.
Monaghan will be looking to players like Dónal Meegan, Conor Boyle, Aodh Curran, Noel Flood and Ryan O’Neill to lead the way in the final.
Finn and his management team have been putting the 33-man Mayo squad through a very rigorous training regime since their qualification for the final back in July, including several early morning training sessions and challenge games with Galway club teams. A panel of 24 players will be finalised towards the end of the week.
There are no serious injury concerns within the squad and expectations are high that this team can achieve ultimate glory this year.