The Mayo News is reporting that three key members of the Mayo minor team – goalkeeper Michael Schlingermann, full-back Keith Rogers and full-forward Cillian O’Connor – are battling to be fit for the All-Ireland final on Sunday week. Schlingermann damaged ankle ligaments playing for Kiltimagh in an U21 championship match a week ago (was it really necessary for Kiltimagh to field the county’s minor goalkeeper in an U21 match in the run-up to an All-Ireland final?), Rogers picked up a knock on his knee during the warm-up ahead of the semi-final against Down and hasn’t trained with the team since while O’Connor got “a bang to his leg” playing for Ballintubber against Castlebar Mitchels in the West Mayo minor final last Friday evening (well, at least that match was a minor one).
Of the three, O’Connor’s injury seems to be of least concern to Ray Dempsey and his backroom team but hopefully all three will have recovered in time to take their places in the starting team for the final. Let’s also hope that none of the minor panel will be appearing in any more club games this side of the 20th.