Ray Dempsey has confirmed to The Mayo News that team captain Shane Nally and centre-forward Aiden O’Shea are both major doubts for the All-Ireland minor final with Tyrone on Sunday week (a story which Club Mayo Dublin first mentioned last week). O’Shea broke his thumb in the semi-final replay over Kerry but Nally did his damage – to ligaments in his ankle – playing a club minor championship match for Garrymore last week. This begs the obvious question of what the hell the county board is up to allowing club activity of this kind to take place in the run-up to an All-Ireland final.
From what Ray is saying, it seems likely that neither of the lads will be 100% on the 21st – O’Shea has a plaster cast on at the moment – and this is obviously a major concern, what with Tyrone already reporting a clean bill of health for the final. Seen in this light, it’s easier to understand why Paddy Power is only offering the Red Hand lads at 1/2 to lift the Markham Cup on Sunday week.