The clock is ticking ahead of Sunday’s crunch NFL Division One clash with table-toppers Cork at Páirc Uí Rinn (throw-in 2pm, summer time) and the Mayo News (paper and digital editions) has some good and bad news today about player availability for Sunday.
The bad news first. Cillian O’Connor is, of course, still ruled out (most likely for the Donegal match too) and the paper is reporting that both Seamus O’Shea and Tom Cunniffe will also miss Sunday’s match through injury. This is a bad blow – both Seamie and Tom are experienced, battle-hardened performers, exactly the kind of players you’d want to see on the pitch for us on Sunday so their absence will definitely weaken us.
Patrick Durcan is also ruled out, via the rather daft suspension rule which sees his U21 red card from last Saturday applied at senior level, apparently because after this year he’s no longer eligible for U21. No, that makes no sense to me either.
Okay, time for the good news. The Mayo News says that Andy Moran, Tom Parsons, Jason Gibbons and Michael Conroy are all fit and ready to go for Sunday. Of the four, only Mickey C has featured in the League for us this year, although Jason did play a part in each of our FBD matches back in January before getting injured. The U21 contingent will, of course, also be available for selection.
It’ll be interesting to see what all of this means for our team selection for Sunday. After the kind of tanking that the Dubs gave us, you could expect to see a fair few changes of the unforced variety but losing certain starters in the form of Seamie and Tom could mean that Pat and Noel are less likely to add to this by making sweeping tactical switches as well. We’re due to name our team as normal on Thursday evening so I guess we’ll find out then.
So far in this League campaign the bookies have favoured us to do the business – we were odds-on to win in all of our games to date, bar the Dublin ones (where both sides were priced at evens) but for Sunday Cork are the clear 4/7 favourites.
Is this merited? Time to vote on that particular proposition.
How will we do against Cork?
- Lose (60%, 237 Votes)
- Win (32%, 125 Votes)
- Draw (9%, 34 Votes)
Total Voters: 396