Anything Pillar can do, Johnno can do as well. Hot on the heels of the Dubs announcing an unchanged side yesterday for Sunday’s NFL Division 1A showdown, we have – despite all the injuries in the camp – done the same. For the record, here is the team to face the Dubs in Castlebar on Sunday:
MAYO (SF v Dublin) – K O’Malley; L O’Malley, J Kilcullen, K Higgins; E Devenney, B J Padden, P Gardiner; D Heaney, P Harte; A Campbell, G Brady, A Kilcoyne; C Mortimer, A Dillon, A Moran.
Johnno has made just one positional switch, with Ger Brady moving back to the centre-forward position that he held for much of last year under the M&M regime, while Killer moves across to left-half forward. Otherwise, it’s the same team that started against Cork last Saturday.
Aidan Campbell and Alan Dillon have both been named in the starting lineup but, according to today’s Indo, both have still to undergo fitness tests before Sunday to determine if they’re in a position to line out. Team captain Kevin O’Neill drops down to the bench but he’s certain to get called into the action at some point, quite possibly from the start, if either Campbell or Dillon fail to recover.
No word on the subs, in particular the two Macs. Given his second half display against Cork, it would be great to have have Marty Mac to throw into the fray at some point but, as mentioned yesterday, he appears extremely doubtful due to the foot injury he picked up playing for Breaffy on Sunday. Given his wonder point to slay the Dubs last year (go on, treat yourself to another look!), it would obviously be nice to see Ciaran Mac make a cameo appearance on Sunday as well.
Johnno is obviously developing rapidly as a politician as well. He’s quoted, in the same article in the Indo, as saying that they decided to prior to the Cork game not to blame a defeat on the injury list. “It’ll be the same if things don’t go to plan for us against Dublin” opines the Great One. So now we know: the injuries could, so he says, be a factor in any defeat, but you’re not, if we do lose, going to hear us whingeing about them. Now, does that man deserve a vote or what?