The minor team to face Down in Sunday’s All-Ireland semi-final at Croke Park (throw-in 1.30 pm) has just been named. Ray Dempsey has made two changes to the side that overcame Tipperary in the quarter-final at the start of this month, with Garrymore’s Caolan Crowe coming in at left half-back instead of Michael McCormack while Knockmore’s Daryl Herbert starts at top-of-the-right in place of Jack McDonnell. Otherwise, there are a number of positional changes from the Tipp game, with the two corner-backs swapping places and with Ciaran Charlton moving from left to right half-back. In the half-forwards, Andrew Farrell and Darren Coen swap places. The side is captained, as it has been all year, from midfield by the Mitchels’ Aidan Walsh.
The team in full (including substitutes) is as follows:
MAYO (MFC v Down, 30/8/2009): Michael Schlingermann (Kiltimagh); David Gavin (Breaffy), Keith Rogers (Ballaghaderreen), Michael Walsh (Ardnaree); Ciaran Charlton (Kiltimagh), Shane McDermott (Burrishoole), Caolan Crowe (Garrymore); Danny Kirby (Castlebar), Aidan Walsh (Castlebar, captain); Andrew Farrell (Killala), Darren Coen (Hollymount), Fergal Durkan (Castlebar); Daryl Herbert (Knockmore), Cillian O’Connor (Ballintubber), Alex Corduff (Ballina).
Substitutes: Conor Campbell (Swinford), John Carney (Swinford), Ian Costello (Carramore), Danny Geraghty (Ballintubber), Michael McCormack (Ardnaree), Jack McDonnell (Swinford), Brian Ruttledge (Knockmore), Alan Stadler (Knockmore), Brian Walsh (Garrymore).