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Five-time Connacht champion Alan Freeman makes his inter-county return for Mayo tonight

Talented Castlebar Mitchels forward Neil Douglas is handed the opportunity to impress at centre-forward.

ALAN FREEMAN IS in line to make his first start for Mayo in almost a year as they take on Leitrim in the Connacht FBD League tonight.

Alan Freeman Source: James Crombie/INPHO

The 29-year-old left Stephen Rochford’s panel due to work commitments last February, but he’s back on board for 2018 and leads an inexperienced attack from full-forward in the round 3 game.

It’s Mayo’s first match of the year, after their round 2 clash against Galway was postponed on Sunday due to an unplayable pitch.

The majority of the Mayo squad are away on a team holiday in Malaysia at the moment, meaning Rochford’s squad for the pre-season competition is largely an experimental one.

2015 Mayo minor goalkeeper Paddy O’Malley starts between the posts, while his Westport club-mate Fionn McDonagh lines out at wing-forward. Both players enjoyed a successful 2017, winning an All-Ireland intermediate club title as well as the Mayo U21  ‘A’ championship.

Three players from county champions Castlebar Mitchels feature in the starting 15, full-back Ger McDonagh, the experienced Barry Moran at midfield and 28-year-old forward Neil Douglas is handed a chance to impress at 11.

Neil Douglas celebrates scoring a goal Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHO

Mayo host Leitrim in Elverys MacHale Park at 7pm tonight.

Mayo

1. Paddy O’Malley (Westport)

2. Marcus Park (Knockmore)
3. Ger McDonagh (Castlebar Mitchels)
4. Aidan Butler (Claremorris)

5. James Stretton (Claremorris)
6. Colm Boyle (Davitts)
7. James McCormack (Claremorris)

8. Barry Moran (Castlebar Mitchels)
9. Jordan Flynn (Crossmolina)

10. Fionn McDonagh (Westport)
11. Neil Douglas (Castlebar Mitchels)
12. Nathan Moran (Hollymount/Carramore)

13. Ross Egan (Aghamore)
14. Alan Freeman (Aghamore)
15. Ciaran Treacy (Ballina Stephenites)

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