The team for Sunday’s All-Ireland quarter-final with Cork (throw-in 4pm) has just been named and there are two changes from the side that started the Connacht final against Roscommon a few weeks back. Ger Cafferkey replaces Alan Feeney at full-back while Enda Varley gets the nod ahead of Jason Doherty at corner forward. The team and subs are as follows:
Mayo (All-Ireland SFC Quarter-Final v Cork, 31/7/2011): Robert Hennelly (Breaffy);Keith Higgins (Ballyhaunis), Ger Cafferkey (Ballina Stephenites), Tom Cunniffe (Castlebar Mitchels); Richie Feeney (Castlebar Mitchels), Donal Vaughan (Ballinrobe), Trevor Mortimer (Shrule-Glencorrib); Aidan O’Shea (Breaffy), Seamus O’Shea (Breaffy); Kevin McLoughlin (Knockmore), Alan Dillon (Captain, Ballintubber), Andy Moran (Ballaghaderreen); Cillian O’Connor (Ballintubber), Alan Freeman (Aghamore), Enda Varley (Garrymore). Subs: David Clarke (Ballina Stephenites), Alan Feeney (Castlebar Mitchels), Dermot Geraghty (Shrule-Glencorrib), Chris Barrett (Belmullet), Lee Keegan (Westport), James Kilcullen (Ballaghaderreen), Ronan McGarrity (Ballina Stephenites), Peadar Gardiner (Crossmolina), Aidan Campbell (Swinford), Jason Doherty (Burrishoole), Mark Ronaldson (Shrule-Glencorrib).
There’s no great surprise in the changes announced, with both Ger and Enda known to be pushing hard for starting positions. There’s sound logic in sticking Ger on Donncha O’Connor and it’s likely that the Ballinaman will prove a stickier opponent for O’Connor than Alan Feeney would perhaps have been.
I’m less convinced about the merits of dropping Jason Doherty, I have to say, though it’s true that Enda Varley made valuable contributions when he came on in both the Galway and Roscommon matches. I just think that goals will be a prerequisite for us the next day if we’re to have any chance of pulling off the win and, in this respect, Jason is likelier to find the net. That said, Enda knows where the posts are and he has the ability to knock over morale-boosting spectaculars. A few of those would certainly help the cause on Sunday.