Mayo face trip into the unknown

Updated: Wednesday, 06 May 2009 14:19

O'Mahony feels Mayo can muster a string championship challenge
O'Mahony feels Mayo can muster a string championship challenge

Mayo manager John O'Mahony insists that his side are concentrating on their own game ahead of Sunday's Connacht SFC opener against New York in Gaelic Park.

The Mayo manager admits he knows little about a side who did not participate in the Allianz League. 'Our plan is to concentrate on our own attitude, our own performance,' he said.

'When a team doesn't play National League, there's not a lot you can go on. There's no point in us having a lot of information on them and not having our own house in order.'

The green and red finished the League campaign in impressive fashion, with a hard fought victory over arch-rivals Galway and a draw with All-Ireland champions Tyrone, and so travel to the Big Apple in high spirits.

'I'm really looking forward to the championship. I think if we get an injury-free run, work hard, show a unity of purpose and have a good attitude, we'll make an impact,' O'Mahony added.

Mayo are expected to name their team on Thursday night with Tom Cunniffe and Ronan McGarrity nursing groin and calf injuries respectively. Four Mayo players - Kenneth O'Malley, Seamus O'Shea, Mark Ronaldson and Conor Mortimer - are not travelling to New York due to exams and injury.

Meanwhile, there are four Mayo natives in contention for starting places on the New York team next weekend. Robert Moran (Moy Davitts), Dermot Keane (Knockmore), Declan Reilly (Castlebar Mitchels) and John McNicholas (Kiltimagh) are all part of the New York squad.