It won’t come as any kind of earth-shattering revelation to learn that James Horan has kept faith with the same fifteen who started in last Saturday night’s victorious clash with Armagh for tomorrow’s NFL Division One encounter with Down at McHale Park (throw-in 2.30pm). The team for tomorrow’s game was finally announced during the small hours overnight and the only change from the side that started up in the Athletic Grounds a week ago is a positional one. It’s a welcome switch too, with Alan Dillon moving over to 10 and the stronger and more direct Alan Freeman taking up station at centre-forward.
There are a few changes to the subs bench with Colm Boyle and Pat Harte (who, despite not being named in the programme last Saturday night, both came on in the second half), as well as Peadar Gardiner and Aidan Campbell coming in while Danny Geraghty, Kevin McLoughlin (injured, I guess) and Cillian O’Connor (not considered, I assume, due to the upcoming U21 championship match with Galway) dropping out. With four in and three out, that brings the match-day panel back up to 26.
The team and subs for tomorrow are as follows:
Mayo (NFL Division One v Armagh, 3/3/2012): David Clarke (Ballina Stephenites); Kevin Keane (Westport), Ger Cafferkey (Ballina Stephenites), Keith Higgins (Ballyhaunis); Richie Feeney (Castlebar Mitchels), Donal Vaughan (Ballinrobe), Lee Keegan (Westport); Aidan O’Shea (Breaffy), Barry Moran (Castlebar Mitchels); Alan Dillon (Ballintubber), Alan Freeman (Aghamore), Jason Doherty (Burrishoole); Conor Mortimer (Parnells, Dublin), Andy Moran (Ballaghaderreen), Enda Varley (Garrymore). Subs: Robert Hennelly (Breaffy), Eoghan Reilly (Castlebar Mitchels), Shane McHale (Knockmore), Alan Feeney (Castlebar Mitchels), Colm Boyle (Davitts), Peadar Gardiner (Crossmolina), Seamus O’Shea (Breaffy), Jason Gibbons (Ballintubber), Pat Harte (Ballina Stephenites), Aidan Campbell (Swinford), Michael Conroy (Davitts).