Serves me right for sitting down after the kids had gone to bed to watch the match all over again, eh? I deliberately didn’t check my phone during this time and so it’s only now that I’m catching up on all the two significant news items that have broken in the meantime.
First, there’s our team announcement for Saturday’s replay, which is as follows:
Mayo (All-Ireland SFC semi-final replay, 5/9/2015): Robbie Hennelly (Breaffy); Ger Cafferkey (Ballina Stephenites), Donal Vaughan (Ballinrobe), Keith Higgins (Ballyhaunis); Lee Keegan (Westport), Chris Barrett (Belmullet), Colm Boyle (Davitts); Seamus O’Shea (Breaffy), Tom Parsons (Charlestown Sarsfields); Diarmuid O’Connor (Ballintubber), Aidan O’Shea (Breaffy), Kevin McLoughlin (Knockmore); David Drake (Ballaghaderreen), Cillian O’Connor (Ballintubber), Jason Doherty (Burrishoole).
No, I don’t believe that team will start on Saturday either. What clearly has happened is that we’ve just lashed out the names of the same fifteen who lined out in the drawn match and so, like last Sunday, it’ll only be shortly prior to throw-in the next day that we’ll see what the real team will be.
The one nugget of intelligence, though, from the above is that Donal Vaughan will be in the match-day 26 (if he was injured, then there’d be no point naming him as that would have cut our match-day squad to 25) and I guess he could yet be in the starting fifteen.
The other big news from earlier on tonight was that Diarmuid Connolly’s appeal hearing was heard, with the CHC upholding the proposed one-match ban arising from the red card he picked up in the drawn game for a strike on Lee Keegan. I’d thought the CHC was due to meet tomorrow night (i.e. Thursday – okay, it is after midnight so technically tonight but I’m still on Wednesday time) but obviously this wasn’t the case.
I have to say I’m a bit surprised at the decision, if only because the GAA’s disciplinary processes are in rag order at the minute and you’d have thought that Dublin would have been able to find some arcane basis for a successful appeal. Not so it would seem and so they now have to plan for Saturday’s replay without the services of the Vincents man.
Oh, and the second viewing of the match? Bloody hell, our Diarmuid has some motor on him. He was absolutely everywhere. And I’d definitely retain Robbie in goals as well – as one who has been critical of his restarts, I have to say they were brilliant on Sunday, far better than Cluxton’s were.