Unchanged team named for Sunday

James Horan has ensured that the sandwich I was leisurely consuming ended up getting wolfed down rapidly as I scrambled for the laptop to report on the team that he’s just named for Sunday’s All-Ireland semi-final against Tyrone at Croke Park (throw-in 3.30pm). Here it is:

Mayo (All-Ireland SFC semi-final v Tyrone, 22/8/2013): Rob 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).

As expected, it’s an unchanged team from the one that started (as opposed to the one named in advance) against Donegal, with Tom Cunniffe – who went off injured before half-time that day – having recovered to take his place at corner-back. Keith Higgins, who started at centre-forward (well, sort of) against Donegal, gets to wear the no.11 jersey this time. Andy Moran captains the team. We haven’t named our subs list at this stage.

40 thoughts on “Unchanged team named for Sunday

  1. best of luck mayo hope they win have my red ad green football out last night and hope the dog does not burst it

  2. When you’re following the red and green for most of 50 years, as I am,I would be cautious about my expectations as to how the game will go given the amount of times the rug has been pulled out from under our feet in the past.
    How many times have you seen the team that you would think only God Almighty could beat being beaten on the day often by something out of the blue (remember Seamus Darby against Kerry or Galway against Meath 2001).
    I read the report on the last time we played Tyrone in 2008 recently. The first line told how with time up and 2 points down Connor Mortimer was clean through on goal with a man inside him .He was hauled down as he was about to offload. The ref blew for the free which was converted and then blew it up. Sounds familiar?
    I was at the All Ireland that year when our own minors drew with Tyrone and later lost to them. I remember coming out after they had beaten Kerry scratching my head saying how the f**k did they win that game because Kerry were near their prime around that time.
    Now times have changed for us and we have the best TEAM I’ve ever seen going out in Croker and I expect us to win, but until the ref blows the final whistle with us ahead ,like the stake through the heart of the demon, only then will I celebrate and say we’ve beaten the fuckers.
    COME ON MAYO!

  3. Agreed, I like the idea of Higgins at centre forward. If he plays aroving role he could cause all types of problems for Tyrone

  4. Methinks that Keith Higgins will cause havoc for the Tyrone CHB whoever that may be. He is such a clever footballer who can be trusted to play the game as he sees it. He can adapt his play to whats in front of him.
    Delighted that Tom Cunniffe has recovered and the bench will be so strong and it will be required!

  5. Perhaps Keith is being detailed to follow Peter Harte when we don’t have the ball when he moves up the field as he regularly does – but Keith will also pull Harte out of position when we do have it. If he plays somewhat orthodox that is.

  6. I reckon Higgins is not the right man for young Harte and id say Higgins well fit to keep track of his runs so good match up in my opinion.There is no doubt in my mind that Mayo are going to choke the life out of Tyrone defense and try turn them over.Of the games that i have seen Tyrone were very slow at working ball out.Something Mickey Harte will no doubt will have noticed.So will he take his chances on hoping to win ball around the middle of field and hope the Cavanaghs come out on top of the O’Shea’s .I have a feeling ONeill will play a more central position and be a link man.If we can win midfield,stop the runs from Tyrone link players were half way there.

  7. What’s the likelihood of that team starting- he has a habit of not starting the named team this championship?

  8. Nope was going to listen to it after championship matters.How much talk is on our game?

  9. Maughan on too this evening.lot of talk but its inevitable with only 4 teams left.
    Time to wash and blow dry the jersey and the hair.

  10. Hello, there is an Article on the Mayo News about the selected team with McStay the main contributor.

  11. Week nearly over now lads thank fuck. Will head home to Mayo tomorrow evening for nite and Sunday then will bus it to Dublin.plenty of gaa talk so to get me to sleep to nite.Oh just in case anyone doesn’t know.There are traffic restrictions on Sunday due to a triathlon on.Detour info on mayogaa.com.They say there not expecting too big of delays but if there is a big crowd bound for Croker it might be worth heading that bite earlier.

  12. Delighted to see Cunniffe has recovered and starting in the corner. Higgins will add a huge amount to the half forward line where we will need to be quick to picking up the breaking ball – no doubt he’ll cause Tyrone plenty of trouble when racing forward when we’re on the attack. Hopefully the extra three weeks since the Donegal game will have brought Andy on another bit. Strong starting 15.

  13. Jesus I wish it was on tomorrow I’m finding it hard to sleep! And on top of that I saw 5 magpies sitting on a fence this evening!!

  14. Pj,

    After 50 years you would think you could get your county colours right!

    Oh the green and red of mayo!

    To win just once.

  15. Is there a sports show on mid west at ten o clock, there usually is oh the thurs before a game.

  16. PJ a mhac, I understand. In the honour of god would ya put them stakes away. Don’t be going traipsing them down Clonliffe road. It’s the light that will kill them now PJ. She’s starting to break out in the west and will spread steady and even in an eastwardly direction.

    The light is an awful lot handier then those aul stakes. Throw your head back PJ and enjoy. You more than most deserve too.

    “Come On Mayo!!!”

  17. Joe Ruan you must be living in the Galway area.A mhac is a Galway word if ever i heard. 🙂

  18. Exiled
    Tis a pity that with all the wonderful talented musicians and poets we have produced in this county that we had to leave it to a Tuam sham to write that particular anthem!
    To win just once indeed.
    I sometimes feel that we’re like the dog running after the car what would he do with it if he caught it. What will we do if we win it we’ll go stone f**king MAD..!

  19. Think it will all come down to same question that we have failed to answer too many times in the past, can our forwards take their scores better than the opposition when under pressure – lets hope this time we have it sorted!

  20. Mayomaningalway I live in the belly of the beast, Tyrone. I was suckled on a mhac and a mhacin. When I bleed it’s sometimes red and green and sometimes green and red. The colours never mix. Grab a sharp spade and try to dig the lumps out of that.

    “Come On Mayo!!!”

  21. Mayo exiles all arise, the storm is approaching from the western seas, arise one and all and shout it from the rooftops, The west is awake. Our destiny is to hand. Carpi dime!

  22. Exiled
    I would have put the green and red of Mayo down as an anthem meself usually attempted with misty eyes and lots of drink.
    As regards the glass we’ll drink it when we earn it which I hope will be sooner rather than later! 🙂

  23. Some man for one man Joe Ruane
    I was listening to David Brady on off the ball he was a great player but he doesn’t come across too bright on air.Anyway one thing hr said that struck a chord with me when he spoke of Horan and that was,Horan never changed his mind on leaving Conor Mortimer out of the team.I thought at the time big risk that could back fire but this man had got some balls Respected him fro. That say on ad a manager. sent massive message out to the team.

  24. Seems the panel on Champ.Matters all go with us, was impressed with Mark Mc Hugh, seems to know more about the current game than his forebear , it seems that we have impressed sofar with those we’ve conquered whereas it’s usually sour grapes that forms the opinion. Good to see all 3 panelists give it as it is.
    If (and its less of an ‘if’ of past years) we play to our potential, then we will win this one with a lot to spare,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,we also need that ‘lot to spare’ Imo to send the right message out and to quiet the ‘Indo boys’ etc.
    MaighEo Abu

  25. That’s that, then. Teams named and dice rolled. From now until the whistle those that slumber will awaken to a knotted stomach and the instant picture of what Sunday holds. If the result is in the balance with a few minutes to go…those minutes will be agony……but I wouldn’t want it any other way. Mayo are in the mix and the equal of those that remain. What would others give to be in that position?

    They are ready. Of that I have no doubt. It will be very hard to win, which is testament to Tyrone’s ability, but be it bias or whatever I believe they will do it. Let’s enjoy every moment. All credit to this Mayo team.

  26. You don’t change a winning team and after hammering Donegal thats the case here. Not only do i think Mayo have better starting 15 than Tyrone they also have a better bench and it may be one of those games that the bench will come into play.

    It might be closer game than the last four however i can’t see anything other than Mayo win on Sunday and it will be the first back to back All Ireland finals 1996,97 though now is time to win Sam isn’t it?

  27. Oh man, the sooner Sunday comes the better, lots of silly stuff been penned now, like i said, paper never refused ink. think some supporters are loosin’ it too 🙂
    Dont matter the opposition, don’t matter the ref, don’t matter the weather, don’t matter the pundits, I dont want this to be even close!

  28. If anyone wants a dose of reality it might be worth watching the Mayo v Tyrone league match last spring! They outplayed us for 65 mins and were very physical. Time has moved on and we have improved a lot and I expect to win on Sunday but Tyrone are not in an all Ireland semi final for their good looks or charm! They will see us as vulnerable after the hammering we dished out and will do their best to unsettle us early on.
    This is one game where we may need to be patient and weather an early storm before looking to assert ourselves.

  29. diehard says:
    August 23, 2013 at 7:46 am
    If anyone wants a dose of reality it might be worth watching the Mayo v Tyrone league match last spring! They outplayed us for 65 mins and were very physical. Time has moved on and we have improved a lot and I expect to win on Sunday but Tyrone are not in an all Ireland semi final for their good looks or charm!

    Not sure how you thought Tyrone outplayed Mayo in the league game? it was smash and grab win anyway league matters little sure Mayo only beat Donegal by 4 points in the league. Tyrone have struggled past three div 3 teams and Kildare to reach the semi final if they were paired v Cork,Mayo,Dublin or Kerry they wouldn’t have reach the last four.

  30. well done mayo you must remember trone kicked 16 wides and missed six frees aginst Donegal so be aware if trone bring there a game to town it will be some game remember the winners play KERRY GOOD LOOK MAYO

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