Five changes in team to face Dubs

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.

15 thoughts on “Five changes in team to face Dubs

  1. I guess those injuries O’Connor,A O’Shea had was nothing serious. Good enough team to win & if things aren’t going well Andy Moran will be a good man to bring on.

  2. Interesting team! I hope the full back line is up to it. Its a big game for Kevin Kane and I hope he has a good day. A bit surprised Richie Feeney doesnt start.bUT fair play to JH and the selectors for having the courage to try new lads out in a high stakes game.
    The forward line is also interesting – Andy Moran seemed short of pace in Portlaoise and I’m not surprised he is not starting. Not too many come back from a broken leg that fast (or at all).
    As for midfield – well this game will tell us a lot about the two lads and I really hope they come good. As has been well thrashed out onthis forum – midfield is a challenge that we need to sort out. Good luck to the lads and sure isnt it might to have something like this to lift the spirits in the middle of a miserable recession with typical pissy February weather!
    Go on ye good things!

  3. With regard to Andy Moran he has a bad knock that he suffered in the Laois game and isn’t fit enough to start. He is over his leg break, have no fear of that. As he hasn’t played or ran much since October it’s going to take the lad a while to get back to full fitness. Don’t be surprised if Aidan o Shea doesn’t start. His ankle will be strapped if he does and he probably won’t last the full game.

    The team is ok. Cillian will probably start in full forward line and freeman on the 45. Great to see keegan in the half back line where he is most effective. Varley deserves his place after his cameo against Laois. I’d rather see Keane at 3 and Reilly in the corner. It’s not a bad team. I’m a bit worried about the game to be honest but I hope we can deliver a big performance.

  4. Very interesting selection, I didn’t expect so many changes. I would agree that Keane to 3 and Reilly to 2 seems like an obvious swap, surprised they’ve been named in the positions they have.

    I prefer Varley as an impact sub but there’s loads of forward talent on the bench and he deserves a chance to prove himself from the start after last weeks showing.

  5. It’s worth pointing out that from #8 to 15 we have 8 lads that are forwards (McLoughlin would probably the only defensive minded player).
    That shows the kind of football Horan is trying to brandish, free flowing attacking football. It goes against everything Dublin will be trying but they could well make it difficult for us by lumping 14 men behind the ball and what happens then, do Keegan and Gardiner follow their men around all day or have their markers chase them around.
    Should be an interesting game! Amyone know if it will be shown online anywhere?

  6. Wouldn’t normally post but have since moving abroad. Had put a post up previously but it wasn’t published by the editor due to a difference in opinion but I know my football and I’ll argue my case given any of my publications but I just want to talk about the league from here! Going by the fbd I think that competition is irrelevant. In the allianz league you’re now with the big teams in the country. Was home for the Laois game and thought the midfield was very poor. SOS took the ball into contact way too much and was dispossesed a number of times as in the championship last year and would question his ability as a county player (before disagreeing compare him to the other midfielders in the country) . Pat harte was also poor so good to see a change…from the club championship b Moran is more suited to the middle…he’s a big man togged out and I still remember his game in the u21 all Ireland…very capable young man! Andy is still coming back very early from injury and I think that the Laois no 2 was their best player last Saturday…but Andy will come good. Backs were worrying in the 1st half and clancy caused trouble but I just hope that we do better than we did against the dubs last year in the FB line!!! I still think we’re a team in transition…the standard in connacht has dropped and I’ll be keeping a keen eye on galway… they looked ok against derry last week!

  7. Bod – I doubt if the match will be streamed live online. It’s Setanta who have the rights to it so you might want to check with them.

    Pktv – I can’t recall what comment you’re on about but I can tell you for definite that no comment from anyone has been or will be rejected on this site due to a difference of opinion with me (which is whom I assume you’re referring to). The only reason your comment wouldn’t have been published is because it broke the house rules, which I’m happy to point you in the direction of if you like. Once you stay inside those boundaries, you can say what you want.

  8. God I’m certain I didn’t overstep the mark but anyway I do apologise and withdraw the start of that last comment…anyway let’s hope the recipe is right for tonight because the dubs will be a different outfit then laois and from what I hear there will be a nice little Dublin crowd so they’ll be well up for it

  9. Very Interesting team for tonight – Lets be like Fergie – throw the kids in and think positive ! Best of luck to them tonight ! Looking forward to it.

    And best of luck to Davitts tomorrow on what is a great day for the club.

  10. No worries, pktv – if I get the chance I’ll post an update next week on the house rules issue for those who have only discovered the site recently. It’s no big deal and not an attempt to be in any way nannyish, just some guidelines to make sure that it’s the ball rather than the man that gets targeted.

    Really looking forward to tonight’s game too – I’m about to hit the road from Dublin myself with a carload. Unfortunately at least 50% of this load will be shouting for the opposition tonight!

  11. Ah there’s nothing like driving into Mayo and seeing the Nephin Begs covered in sunshine. Few mild showers on the way down, the pitch will be wet but shouldn’t be raining so much this evening.

    On another note, was behind a Dublin car with a flag flying today – is it a bit early for car flags, or whats the flag ettiquette? 🙂

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