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.