We’ve just named our team for the All-Ireland final and, as was well trailed in advance, it’s an unchanged side from the one that started in both the quarters and the semis. Here it is:
Mayo (All-Ireland SFC final v Dublin, 22/9/2013): Robbie Hennelly (Breaffy); Tom Cunniffe (Castlebar Mitchels), Ger Cafferkey (Ballina Stephenites), Chris Barrett (Belmullet); Lee Keegan (Westport), Donal Vaughan (Ballinrobe), Colm Boyle (Davitts); Aidan O’Shea (Breaffy), Seamus O’Shea (Breaffy); Kevin McLoughlin (Knockmore), Keith Higgins (Ballyhaunis), Alan Dillon (Ballintubber); Cillian O’Connor (Ballintubber), Alan Freeman (Aghamore), Andy Moran (Ballaghaderreen, captain).
We haven’t named our subs list but sure everybody knows all of them at this stage.
Fielding the same starting fifteen for the third match in a row demonstrates beyond doubt what a settled team we have going into this decider. There has, though, been plenty of change since the last time we played Sunday’s opposition. Our most recent meeting with them was the league semi-final clash back in mid-April and just nine of Sunday’s team featured that day – David Clarke, Kevin Keane, Jason Gibbons, Cathal Carolan, Jason Doherty and Michael Conroy are all missing from then (they’ll all, bar the injured David Clarke, be on the bench for the final for sure) and they’ve been replaced by Robbie Hennelly, Tom Cunniffe, Keith Higgins, Alan Dillon, Alan Freeman and Andy Moran respectively.
The last time we faced Dublin in the championship was, of course, at the start of last September in the All-Ireland semi-final and there are also just nine survivors from that game named to start in this year’s final. Missing out from then are David Clarke, Kevin Keane, Barry Moran, Jason Doherty, Enda Varley and Michael Conroy and they’re replaced by Robbie Hennelly, Tom Cunniffe, Colm Boyle, Seamus O’Shea, Alan Freeman and Andy Moran.