Friday, February 14, 2020

Having appeared as a second half substitute in their last outing against Dublin, Ciara McManamon returns to the Mayo team for Sunday’s Ladies NFL Division 1 clash with Waterford. 

Opportunity knocks for Mayo in Division 1 of the Lidl Ladies National Football League on Sunday. Their home clash with Waterford is one of seven rearranged fixtures down for decision across the country after poor weather conditions put paid to two top-flight ties last weekend.

But after Storm Ciara comes Storm Dennis and Sunday is already forecast to be another very blustery day.

Mayo can put themselves just three points behind leaders Cork at the head of affairs with a victory on Sunday, when they take to the field at Swinford Amenity Park (2.30pm). The same, however, is true for the Deise girls too, with both sides hoping to return to winning ways after defeats in Round 2.

Mayo, who beat Donegal in their opening fixture before losing out to Dublin, have made six changes in personnel to the team that lined out against the Sky Blues in Castlebar. Between the sticks, Aisling Tarpey replaces Laura Brennan, while there are also starts for Noirin Moran, Ciara McManamon, Maria Reilly, Jennifer Cawley and Amy Halligan, with Saoirse Lally, Dayna Finn, Clodagh McManamon, Roisin Durkin and Natasha Gaughan dropping to the bench.

Cork currently lead the League on nine points, with Galway second on six, followed by Dublin on four. There’s a chance for Mayo and Waterford to make it onto six points on Sunday, and put themselves in the frame for a Final place. Both of these counties should be good enough to stay in Division 1 – but the winners here can set their sights higher than that.

Mayo (v Waterford): A Tarpey; N O’Malley, N Moran, D Caldwell; K Sullivan, Ciara McManamon, C Whyte; A Duffy, S Cafferky; F Doherty, M Reilly, L Cafferky; J Cawley, R Kearns, A Halligan.

 

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