The starting line-up for our All-Ireland quarter-final clash with Meath at Croke Park on Sunday has just been announced. Here it is:
MAYO (All-Ireland quarter-final v Meath, 9/8/2009): Kenneth O’Malley; Donal Vaughan, Ger Cafferkey, Keith Higgins; Peadar Gardiner, Trevor Howley, Andy Moran; David Heaney, Ronan McGarrity; Pat Harte, Trevor Mortimer, Alan Dillon; Aidan Kilcoyne, Barry Moran, Aidan O’Shea.
So, once again it’s minimal change – this is, in fact, the same fifteen that lined out against Roscommon back in June (the same kind of result wouldn’t go amiss), with Donal Vaughan reclaiming that corner-back spot that’s been up for grabs all summer between himself and Liam O’Malley. Aidan Kilcoyne, who went off injured after the first half in the Connacht final, is fit again to resume at top-of-the-right while Barry Moran, with his broken finger and all, is named at full-forward, despite being all but ruled out of the game last week. Will he start, though? I’d say he will, as Johnno doesn’t tend to throw curve balls when announcing his team selections but I guess we’ll have to wait until Sunday to find out for sure.
UPDATE: The list of subs has been announced tonight as well. Here’s the bench in full: David Clarke, Chris Barrett, Kieran Conroy, Kevin McLoughlin, Conor Mortimer, James Nallen, Austin O’Malley, Liam O’Malley, Seamus O’Shea, Billy Joe Padden, Tom Parsons, Mark Ronaldson, Michael Sweeney, Robert Hennelly.