Mayo soccer players feature strongly in the FAI Airtricity League 2014 season which kicks off on Friday, March 7 and Saturday, March 8.
And a number of young soccer players from Mayo continue to make their mark with leading clubs in the English soccer leagues.
Ballinrobe-natives, Ciaran Kelly, and Alan Murphy were among the first Mayo soccer stars to make the breakthrough into the League of Ireland – and they continue to be key players at Sligo Rovers and Galway FC, respectively.
Mayo players currently signed and ready for the new season
- Galway FC: Ryan Connolly (formerly Ballyglass), Marty Owens (formerly Charlestown Athletic), James O’Donnell (formerly Mulranny Utd and Westport Utd), Ross Kenny (formerly Ballina Town), Alan Murphy (formerly Ballinrobe)
- Sligo Rovers: David Cawley (formerly Ballina Town), Ciaran Kelly (formerly Ballinrobe and Castlebar Celtic), Gary Boylan (formerly Iorrais Aointhe), Ruari Keating (formerly Westport Utd)
- Shamrock Rovers: Conor O’Malley (formerly Westport Utd)
- Shelbourne FC: Mick Duffy (formerly Ballina Town)
- Drogheda Utd: Micheal Schlingermann (formerly Kiltimagh/Knock Utd)
- Dundalk: John Mountney (formerly Kiltimagh/Knock Utd and Ballina Town)
Mayo soccer stars of the future
Mayo players are also showing great form at underage level in the FAI U19 league.
The following players will be hoping to make an impression on their respective clubs so they can make the first team over the coming seasons.
At Sligo Rovers U19 are Adam Chambers (formerly Castlebar Celtic), Liam Flatley (formerly Manulla and Castlebar Celtic), Colm Nevin (formerly Castlebar Celtic), Jordan Loftus (formerly Castlebar Celtic), Cian Brennan (formerly Claremorris and Castlebar Celtic), Adam Murphy (Claremorris) and Padraig Keane at Salthill Devon (formerly Westport Utd)
Meanwhile, in the English league, Noe Baba, a defender formerly of Castlebar Celtic, is a big success at Fulham FC.
Jesse Devers from Ballina is at Wolves and Ronan Murray, formerly of Erris United, is currently a striker at Notts County in League 1 in England.