We’ve finally named the team to play Dublin tomorrow evening. Here are the details of the starting fifteen and subs:
Mayo (NFL Division One v Dublin, 11/2/2012): David Clarke (Ballina Stephenites); Kevin Keane (Westport), Eoghan Reilly (Castlebar Mitchels), Keith Higgins (Ballyhaunis); Peadar Gardiner (Crossmolina), Donal Vaughan (Ballinrobe), Lee Keegan (Westport); Barry Moran (Castlebar Mitchels), Aidan O’Shea (Breaffy); Kevin McLoughlin (Knockmore), Cillian O’Connor (Ballintubber), Alan Dillon (Ballintubber); Conor Mortimer (Parnells, Dublin), Alan Freeman (Aghamore), Enda Varley (Garrymore). Subs: Robert Hennelly (Breaffy), Seamus O’Shea (Breaffy), Jason Doherty (Burrishoole), Shane McHale (Knockmore), Pat Harte (Ballina Stephenites), Micheal Forde (Ballycastle), Richie Feeney (Castlebar Mitchels), Danny Geraghty (Ballintubber), Andy Moran (Ballaghaderreen), Alan Feeney (Castlebar Mitchels), Danny Kirby (Castlebar Mitchels).
So, that’s five changes in all from the side that started last weekend against Laois. In come Kevin Keane, Eoghan Reilly, Aidan O’Shea, Cillian O’Connor and Enda Varley and out go Ger Cafferkey, Richie Feeney, Seamus O’Shea, Pat Harte and Andy Moran. There are a few positional switches too, with Lee Keegan vacating his berth at corner-back for a welcome posting in the half-backs, Barry Moran switching from full-forward to midfield and Alan Freeman moving in from 11 to 14.
The midfield pairing for tomorrow night is the same as the one we had for the facile win over NUIG in the FBD final a few weeks back but it’s safe to conclude that Barry and Aidan will have to work harder tomorrow night to get the better of Ross McConnell and the combative Michael Darragh MacAuley. It’s good to see Cillian back in action but I can’t, however, envisage him staying at centre-forward for much of the evening. It’s good too that Enda Varley’s positive contribution from the bench in Portlaoise has been rewarded with a starting position tomorrow night. I’m not sure what the crack is with Andy but I assume he’s still easing his way back into things after the leg break and if so it makes sense not to start him on this occasion.