No sooner than I’d hit the button on the last post, saying as I did so that there was still no sign of the senior team being published, than out it pops.
The short version of the team announcement that has just been made is that, somewhat surprisingly, James Horan has decided to name the same starting fifteen as that which lined out in the Connacht final against Sligo three weeks ago. As mentioned here and elsewhere over the last few days, Aidan O’Shea was expected to start at midfield but he’s not in the team that’s been named. He’s obviously in the subs but the list of replacements hasn’t been published with the team announcement so we’re going to have to wait for the day itself to find out the exact composition of the bench.
For the record, then, this is the team we’ve named for Saturday’s Croke Park clash with Down:
Mayo (All-Ireland SFC quarter-final v Down, 4/8/2012): David Clarke (Ballina Stephenites); Kevin Keane (Westport), Ger Cafferkey (Ballina Stephenites), Keith Higgins (Ballyhaunis); Lee Keegan (Westport), Donal Vaughan (Ballinrobe), Colm Boyle (Davitts); Barry Moran (Castlebar Mitchels), Danny Geraghty (Ballintubber); Kevin McLoughlin (Knockmore), Cillian O’Connor (Ballintubber), Alan Dillon (Ballintubber); Enda Varley (Garrymore), Andy Moran (Ballaghaderreen), Jason Doherty (Burrishoole).
The team shows four changes from the one that started against Down in the league back in March. Out from that team go Richie Feeney, Aidan O’Shea, Alan Freeman and Conor Mortimer while in come Colm Boyle, Danny Geraghty, Kevin McLoughlin and Cillian O’Connor. Compared to the side that last took the field for us at Croke Park – in the league final against Cork at the end of April – there are three changes, with Danny Geraghty starting instead of Jason Gibbons at midfield and with Enda Varley and Jason Doherty replacing Conor Mortimer and Michael Conroy respectively.
No word yet on the Down team but, the way things are going this morning, it’ll surely be out the minute this post goes live.