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Horan gives two new faces a start in Mayo's league opener with Down


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Garrymore corner-back Enda Hession will make his senior Mayo debut in tomorrow’s Allianz Football League Division 2 meeting with Down. 

There’s also a first league start for wing-back Rory Brickenden.

Despite a spate of retirements, James Horan has named nine of December’s All Ireland final side to start tomorrow’s game in Castlebar.

There's no Aidan O'Shea, as the Breaffy talisman is due to miss the entire league campaign with a knee injury.

Paddy Durcan will captain the side from centre-back.

You can listen to the first episode of the brand new THE FOOTBALL POD with Andy Moran, Paddy Andrews and OTB's Tommy Rooney right here

Mayo team v Down:

1. Rob Hennelly (Breaffy)

2. Enda Hession (Garrymore)
3. Oisin Mullin (Kilmaine)
4. Lee Keegan (Westport)

5. Michael Plunkett (Ballintubber)
6. Paddy Durcan (Capt) (Castlebar Mitchels)
7. Rory Brickenden (Westport)

8. Matthew Ruane (Breaffy)
9. Diarmuid O'Connor (Ballintubber)

10. Fionn McDonagh (Westport)
11. Kevin McLoughlin (Knockmore)
12. Jordan Flynn (Crossmolina Deel Rovers)

13. Tommy Conroy (The Neale)
14. Cillian O'Connor (Ballintubber)
15. Ryan O' Donoghue (Belmullet)

Down manager Paddy Tally has also revealed his starting XV for the game at Elverys MacHale Park

1. Rory Burns (Caislean Uidhilín)

2. Gerard Collins (R.G.U.)
3. Gerard McGovern (Boireann)
4. Patrick Murdock (Cumann Pheadair Naofa)

5. Pierce Laverty (Naomh Phadraig Sabhall)
6. Kevin McKernan (Boireann)
7. Jonny Flynn (Loch an Oileain)

8. Ryan McEvoy (Cill Chua)
9. Caloan Mooney (R.G.U.)

10. Ceilium Doherty (Cill Chua)
11. Conor Poland (An Cloch Fhada)
12. Daniel Guinness (Ceathru Aodha Dhuibh)

13. Barry O Hagan (Cluain Daimh)
14. James Guinness (Ceathru Aodha Dhuibh)
15. Corey Quinn (Droichead Mhaigh Eo)

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