The starting fifteen and subs for Saturday night’s NFL Division One clash with the Dubs at Croke Park (throw-in 7pm) was announced a short while ago. Here are the details:
Mayo (NFL Division One v Dublin, 2/3/2013): Kenneth O’Malley (Ballinrobe); Chris Barrett (Belmullet), Ger Cafferkey (Ballina Stephenites), Keith Higgins (Ballyhaunis); Lee Keegan (Westport), Donal Vaughan (Ballinrobe), Colm Boyle (Davitts); Jason Gibbons (Ballintubber), Barry Moran (Castlebar Mitchels); Kevin McLoughlin (Knockmore), Aidan O’Shea (Breaffy), Richie Feeney (Castlebar Mitchels); Enda Varley (Garrymore), Jason Doherty (Burrishoole), Michael Conroy (Davitts). Subs: David Clarke (Ballina Stephenites, Keith Rogers (Ballaghaderreen), Tom Cunniffe (Castlebar Mitchels), Kevin Keane (Westport) Michael Walsh (Ardnaree), Danny Geraghty (Ballintubber), Seamus O’Shea (Breaffy), Alan Freeman (Aghamore), Cathal Carolan (Crossmolina), Cathal Freeman (Aghamore), Darren Coen (Hollymount/Carramore).
The team for HQ shows five changes from the one narrowly beaten by Tyrone last time out. Out go ‘keeper David Clarke as well as Kevin Keane, Tom Cunniffe, Seamus O’Shea and Cathal Freeman while in come Kenneth O’Malley, Donal Vaughan, Jason Gibbons, Barry Moran and Enda Varley. There’s a fair bit of positional switching too, with Chris Barrett dropping back to the corner (possibly to keep tabs on Bernard Brogan), Lee Keegan making a welcome move back to 5, Kevin McLoughlin making an equally welcome switch to 10 and Aidan O’Shea making the interesting switch to centre-forward. Barry Moran and Jason Gibbons are paired together at midfield for the first time since last year’s league final, which, incidentally, was the last time that Jason started a match for us.