The Irish Independent is reporting this morning that Andy Moran’s place on the Mayo team for Sunday will be filled by Enda Varley. Big, fat, mumbling Des Cahill had the same story on the radio a short while ago and, for what it’s worth, I’ve also been hearing similar noises on the jungle drums over the last few days.
According to that piece mentioned above we’re likely to name our team either later on today or early tomorrow and it seems that Pat Gilroy is poised to do the same. If it is the latter, then this humble site won’t be out of the traps rapidly with the news as I’ve stuff on tomorrow that will keep me away from the wider world for a good portion of the day. In any event, you all know by now that @MayoGAA will be first with the news whenever it’s released.
That Indo piece has some speculation about what the Dublin line-up might be, what with Alan Brogan now expected to start on Sunday. The report focuses in particular on whether or not this means Gilroy will as a result abandon the experiment of naming Michael Darragh Macauley at 14 but I’d doubt that it will, on the basis that MDM is operating as a third midfielder and the Dubs will want extra heft there given our strengths in this sector. I think it’s far more likely that Eoghan O’Gara will drop to the bench with Alan Brogan named at 11 and Diarmuid Connolly, who started there against Laois, switching to the full-forward line.
The same report also states that there’s a chance Ger Brennan will be restored to the starting fifteen and that if this happens the consequent reshuffle will see Cian O’Sullivan move to corner-back with Philly McMahon dropping out. That would then be the starting back six from last year’s All-Ireland final.
Other stuff in the papers today includes an interview in the Indo with Dublin’s Rory O’Carroll and pieces in both the Independent and the Irish Times with Dublin and St. Vincent’s éminence grise Mickey Whelan – who, in the latter report, says of his own place in the scheme of things within the Dublin camp “while I’m not involved I’m on the periphery” – where a fairly cogent case is put forward as to why Dublin are likely to roll out their A Game for us on Sunday.
We haven’t thrown any more meat off the wagon at the media since the press night last week and I gather that we’re not planning to do so either ahead of Sunday so they’re just going to have to continue gnawing on whatever scraps they’ve left since that event. It could be a long few days ’till match day, then.