Most of you will no doubt have seen by now details of the team that’s been named to face Donegal in Sunday’s All-Ireland quarter-final at Croke Park (throw-in 4pm). Anyway, for the record, here it is – on this occasion James has opted to name both the starting fifteen and the subs:
Mayo (All-Ireland SFC quarter-final v Donegal, 4/8/2013): Rob Hennelly (Breaffy); Tom Cunniffe (Castlebar Mitchels), Ger Cafferkey (Ballina Stephenites), Keith Higgins (Ballyhaunis); Lee Keegan (Westport), Donal Vaughan (Ballinrobe), Colm Boyle (Davitts); Aidan O’Shea (Breaffy), Seamus O’Shea (Breaffy); Kevin McLoughlin (Knockmore), Richie Feeney (Castlebar Mitchels), Alan Dillon (Ballintubber); Cillian O’Connor (Ballintubber), Alan Freeman (Aghamore), Andy Moran (Ballaghaderreen). Subs: Brendan Walsh (Ballintubber), Shane McHale (Knockmore), Michael Walsh (Ardnaree), Kevin Keane (Westport), Barry Moran (Castlebar Mitchels), Enda Varley (Garrymore), Chris Barrett (Belmullet), Cathal Carolan (Crossmolina), Darren Coen (Hollymount/Carramore), Jason Doherty (Burrishoole), Jason Gibbons (Ballintubber).
So it’s two changes from the side that started in the Connacht final against London last month, with Donal Vaughan and Cillian O’Connor – who both featured as subs that day – returning to the starting line-up instead of Chris Barrett and Darren Coen respectively. With Donie named in his customary centre-back slot Keith switches back to the corner (where does that leave that story about him being deployed in a sweeping role, I wonder?) and there’s a bit of shuffling in the forwards too, with Richie named to start on the forty, Alan on the wing and Cillian at top-of-the-right. I don’t think the numbers the lads will be wearing will have too much relevance once hostilities commence on Sunday.
The team named to start on Sunday contains nine of the side that lined out in last September’s All-Ireland final. Missing from that day are goalkeeper David Clarke, as well as Kevin Keane, Barry Moran (good to see him back in the subs’ list), Jason Doherty, Enda Varley and Michael Conroy with Rob Hennelly, Tom Cunniffe, Seamus O’Shea, Richie Feeney, Alan Freeman and Andy Moran all coming on.