New York name XV littered with intercounty experience
Mayo’s Tom Cunniffe and Armagh sharpshooter Jamie Clarke both start opener
Armagh’s Jamie Clarke isn’t the only big name on the New York team to face Leitrim. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho
New York have named a strong team to take on Leitrim in Sunday’s Connacht championship opener at Gaelic Park.
At the 20th time of asking, Justin O’Halloran’s New York team go in pursuit of their first ever championship win. And with a team littered with intercounty experience, they come in quietly confident of causing a major upset.
Former Sligo goalkeeper Vinny Cadden produced a man-of-the-match display in New York’s narrow defeat to Roscommon in 2016, and he again starts between the posts.
Fullback for Roscommon that day was Neil Collins, and he lines out in the number two jersey, this time for the home team. Alongside him is his former county team mate Donal Ward, more of a halfback but named at the edge of the square on this occasion.
Clarke’s Crossmaglen clubmate Aaron Cunningham is among the replacements, as is former Monaghan forward Daniel McKenna and Longford’s JJ Matthews.
New York: Vinny Cadden; Neil Collins, Donal Ward, Colin Keane; Enda Williams, Tom Cunniffe, Matthew Queenan; David Culhane, Shane Hogan; Tony Donnelly, Jamie Clarke, Luke Kelly; Kevin O’Grady, Dalton McDonagh, David Freeman.