We named our team for Sunday a short while ago tonight. Here it is:
Mayo (NFL Division One semi-final, 13/4/2014): Robbie Hennelly (Breaffy); Brendan Harrison (Aghamore), Ger Cafferkey (Ballina Stephenites), Tom Cunniffe (Castlebar Mitchels); Lee Keegan (Westport), Colm Boyle (Davitts), Donal Vaughan (Ballinrobe); Aidan O’Shea (Breaffy), Jason Gibbons (Ballintubber); Keith Higgins (Ballyhaunis), Andy Moran (Ballaghaderreen, captain), Jason Doherty (Burrishoole); Kevin McLoughlin (Knockmore), Alan Freeman (Aghamore), Mikie Sweeney (Kiltane).
So it’s five changes from the side that started against the Derry fringe team last Sunday. Into the starting fifteen come Brendan Harrison, Lee Keegan, Aidan O’Shea, Jason Gibbons and Kevin McLoughlin instead of Kevin Keane, Shane McHale, Tom Parsons, Seamus O’Shea and Cillian O’Connor. As discussed earlier on today, Cillian was due to have an MRI on that injury he picked up last Sunday and it’s no surprise that he won’t be lining out for this one. Cillian’s absence opens the door for Mikie Sweeney who had such an impressive Croke Park cameo against the Dubs a few weeks back.
Aside from the personnel changes, there are also a few positional switches. Tom Cunniffe shifts over from his usual no.2 spot to the left corner, with Brendan Harrison slotting in the right corner while Colm Boyle is named to start at centre-back with Donal Vaughan switching to wing-back. This won’t be the first time that Colm has played in this position as it’s often the case that Donie plays on the wing having been named at 6 but this is the first time for a while that the Ballinrobe man has been named to start in a position other than centre-back.
Unlike the opposition, we’ve opted not to name a second team for the subs bench at this stage. As is now standard practice for us, we’ll have to wait until we get our hands on the match-day programme to see our list of replacements for this one.