Mayo have handed league debuts to two young players for Sunday’s NFL Division 1 kick-off away to Kildare.
Wing-back Brendan Harrison of Aghamore and half-forward Adam Gallagher, the county’s U-21 captain from Mayo Gaels, will make their first starts as James Horan deals with the absence of several established players.
The presence of Castlebar Mitchels in the All-Ireland Senior Club football semi-final and Kiltane in the Intermediate Club final, along with some injury worries has forced Horan to look to his panel for their opening clash.
Veteran forward Andy Moran, who skippered Mayo in last year’s All-Ireland final defeat to Dublin, again captains the side.
Mayo team to play Kildare: R Hennelly; K Keane, G Cafferkey, C Boyle; L Keegan, S McHale, B Harrison; T Parsons, A O'Shea; C Carolan, K Higgins, A Gallagher; K McLoughlin, A Moran (capt), D Coen.
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