According to this report by Mike Finnerty in the Mayo News, the team to face Kerry on Sunday was due to have been decided on last night and will be made public at some point later on today. Mike quotes James Horan as saying that the chances of both Trevor Mortimer and Peadar Gardiner being fit for selection are now becoming “tight”, with Lee Keegan on standby should Trevor fail to make it. Mike reckons that the only other possible change for the Cork match would see Jason Doherty starting instead of Enda Varley.
This morning’s Irish Times echoes the same concerns about Trevor, saying that the “expectation” is now that Lee will be named in the starting fifteen, with Trevor held in reserve. In the same paper, Darragh Ó Sé reckons that Kerry will be well ready for whatever we throw at them and will seek to target us where we’re strongest. So now we know.
As Darragh would put it, I’m off with a bunch of fellas to horse into the Reek shortly so I don’t think that I’ll be first with the team news when it comes out today, though I will post details at some point later on. The Mayo GAA Twitter site is, in any event, usually first on the draw with this kind of news, with full details posted shortly afterwards on the official Mayo GAA site so it’s probably worthwhile keeping an eye on both of those during the day.
Finally, if you haven’t yet listened to it, the excellent Mayo News podcast, where the lads do an in-depth preview on the semi-final, is well worth thirty minutes or so of your time.