We’ve just named our starting fifteen to face Derry in Round 7 of the League at MacHale Park on Sunday. Here’s the team we’ve named:
Mayo (NFL Division One v Derry, 6/4/2014): Robbie Hennelly (Breaffy); Tom Cunniffe (Castlebar Mitchels), Ger Cafferkey (Ballina Stephenites), Kevin Keane (Westport); Lee Keegan (Westport), Donal Vaughan (Ballinrobe), Colm Boyle (Davitts); Tom Parsons (Charlestown Sarsfields), Seamus O’Shea (Breaffy); Keith Higgins (Ballyhaunis), Andy Moran (Ballaghaderreen, captain), Jason Doherty (Burrishoole); Kevin McLoughlin (Knockmore), Alan Freeman (Aghamore), Cillian O’Connor (Ballintubber).
So, it’s three changes from the side that started against the Dubs last Saturday night, with Kevin Keane in for Brendan Harrison at corner-back while a new midfield pairing of Tom Parsons and Seamus O’Shea replace Aidan O’Shea and Jason Gibbons. Keith Higgins swaps wings, Andy Moran moves out to the forty (where he played for the most part at Croke Park), Jason Doherty shifts to wing-forward and Kevin McLoughlin gets another run at corner-forward, from where he did such damage against Dublin.
The team named for Sunday contains seven survivors from the side that last played Derry in a competitive match, which was our League meeting back in March 2010 during the last year of the ill-fated Johnno II era. These are Donal Vaughan (corner-back in that game), Ger Cafferkey, Keith Higgins (also corner-back), Kevin McLoughlin (who appeared at wing-back), Tom Parsons, Andy Moran and Seamus O’Shea (centre-forward in that match). Players from the current panel who also featured in that game include David Clarke, Enda Varley, Aidan O’Shea, Alan Dillon and Chris Barrett.