Two Longford players bidding for inclusion in TG4 Underdogs team to face James Horan's Mayo

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The new series of TG4's the Underdogs, featuring Longford duo Kyle Fitzmaurice (Ballymahon) and James Willis (Killashee), begins tonight (Thursday, September 12).

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The Underdogs are beginning their journey and preparations ahead of facing this year’s Allianz League Champions Mayo under lights in Elverys MacHale Park in Castlebar on Saturday, October 26. TG4’s GAA Beo will provide live coverage of the match.

This year the Underdogs management team will have two new members joining former Cork Ladies Footballer Valerie Mulcahy. They are former Kerry All-Ireland winning Captain and Manager Mickey Ned O’Sullivan and Gaoth Dobhair legend and former Donegal Footballer Kevin Cassidy.

Over the next six weeks, the TG4 series will follow the players’ stories and personal journeys. Viewers will witness the months of preparation and intense training that it will take to transform a squad of Underdogs into a team of inter-county standard footballers.

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The Underdogs is a unique group of players, from different GAA clubs all across the country. These footballers have never played at a senior intercounty championship level before.

James Horan, Mayo Manager said: “We are looking forward to being involved in the Underdogs event this October. A really interesting game in McHale Park that will see many talented and ambitious players take to the field.”

The series is sponsored by Insuremyvan.ie. Jonathan Hehir, Managing Director of InsuremyVan.ie says:  “Insuremyvan.ie started as a small business but, applying the same spirit and hard work we'll see from the Underdogs team InsuremyVan.ie has grown to be market leader in van insurance across Ireland.”

Underdogs starts tonight (Thursday, September 12) at 9:30pm and will be repeated on Sunday, September 15 at 5:50pm after the TG4 All Ireland Ladies Football Finals.

Underdogs panel (30)
Aaron Duffy; Round Towers Lusk (Dublin)
Alan Daly; Donard/Glen GFC (Wicklow)
Anthony Darmody; Rathmore GAA (Kerry)
Anthony Hargan; St Mary’s Ardmore (Derry)
Aron McKenna; Madden Raperees GAC (Armagh)
Cathal McKenna; St Patrick’s Dromitee (Armagh)
Christopher Dineen; Castlerea St Kevin’s (Roscommon)
Cillian Stynes; St Peregrines (Dublin)
Cormac Curtis; Portarlington (Laois)
Craig Reilly; Trinity Gaels (Dublin)
Diarmuid O’Hagan; Éire Óg GAC (Armagh)
Eoin Devine; Newtownstewart St Eugene's (Tyrone)
Eoin O’Sullivan; Douglas (Cork)
Fergal Owens; Mayo Gaels (Mayo)
Fionn O’Leary; Skerries Harps (Dublin)
Israel Ilunga; Rosemount (Westmeath)
Jamie Conlon; St Patrick's Dromahair (Leitrim)
Jason Hickson; Annascaul (Kerry)
James Willis; St Brigid’s Killashee (Longford)
Jonathon O’Leary; Dr Crokes (Kerry)
Kyle Fitzmaurice; Ballymahon (Longford)
Leo Reilly; Donaghmore Ashbourne (Meath)
Mark O’Kane; John Mitchel’s GAC Glenullin (Derry)
Mikie Lyons; Caltra (Galway)
Noel Leech; St Joseph's (Laois)
Patrick Ó Domhnaill; CLG Oileáin Árann (Galway)
Séamus Mac Giolla Bhríghde; Na Gaeil Óga (Dublin)
Steafain Gallen; Castlederg St Eugene's (Tyrone)
Stephen Husband; Summerhill (Meath)
William Kerry; Castledermot (Kildare)