The team for Saturday’s All-Ireland quarter-final clash with Offaly at Hyde Park, Roscommon (throw-in 12.30 pm) has just been announced: full details of the team and subs are on the Mayo GAA website.
The starting fifteen is unchanged from the Connacht final and here it is:
Mayo (MFC v Offaly): Paul Mannion (Mayo Gaels); Brendan Harrison (Aghamore), Niall Freeman (Aghamore), Ciaran Twomey (Ballina Stephenites); Ryan Quirke (Claremorris), Conor Walsh (Balla), Conor Horan (Swinford); Danny Kirby (Castlebar Mitchels), Sean McGarry (Ballina Stephenites); Fergal Durkan (Castlebar Mitchels), Mícheál Forde (Ballycastle), Sean Kelly (Moy Davitts); Cian Costello (Castlebar Mitchels), Darren Coen (Hollymount), Cillian O’Connor (Ballintubber).
Tony Duffy’s side is now a well settled one, as this line-up is also the same as the one that took the field in the Connacht semi-final against Leitrim. It’s always hard to know how things will pan out in a championship game at minor level but, for what it’s worth, we’re strong favourites with the bookies to progress. For anyone looking for more info on the game, the Mayo News podcast is, as ever, worth a listen. In the podcast, Ed McGreal and Sean Rice point to our inability to dominate midfield against Galway and the way that these failings were masked by that second-half goal spree at McHale Park. The lads reckon that, regardless of what the bookies are saying, we’ll need to perform far better than we’ve done to date if we’re to make it through to a third successive All-Ireland semi-final at this level.