Ciaran Deely has announced his starting 15 selection for London’s opening Connacht Championship game against Mayo this Sunday.
Developing London football for the future has been a key component in Deely’s managerial reign of the county team so far, and four London-born players will start against the reigning Connacht champions at Ruislip this weekend.
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Gavin McEvoy, of Tir Chonaill Gaels, will remain in goal having started most of London’s league games, and helping to defend his goals will be club team mate Philip Butler, a veteran at inter-county despite his age of 23.
Liam Gavaghan and Adrian Moyles, two of London’s most promising attacking threats, also start.
Gavaghan, of Tir Chonaill Gaels, will play in midfield alongside Mayo native James Moran of St Kiernans.
Moyles will play at right half-forward, with London stalwart Mark Gottsche playing at centre-half forward alongside him.
Gottsche was part of the London team that reached the Connacht final in 2013 and who pushed Mayo to extra time at Ruislip in 2011.
He, captain Dave McGreevy, who starts at no. 7, and Butler are the only players who remain in the London set-up from the team of 2013, alongside Lorcan Mulvey who is named as a substitute for Sunday.
London-born Sean Hickey, Alfie McNulty, Ciaran Healy and Killian Butler all take a place on the bench. Healy played a huge part in getting his club St Kiernan’s to their first London Senior Championship final at the age of 18, while Hickey and McNulty are integral players to St Clarets and Round Towers respectively.
Killian Butler, younger brother of Philip, was the stand-out performer in the junior Tir Chonaill Gaels team claiming the first London trophy of the year earlier this month, under new manager Paul Coggins.
The full line-up is as follows:
- Gavin McEvoy
- Philip Butler
- Caoimhin Carty
- Ciaran Dunne
- Colin Dunne
- Danny Ryan
- Dave McGreevy
- James Moran
- Liam Gavaghan
- Adrian Moyles
- Mark Gottsche
- Cormac Coyne
- Eoin Murray
- Scott Conroy
- Patrick O’Hara
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