Our James and their James both named their starting line-ups for tomorrow night a bit before midday today. I was otherwise engaged all day and so this news is, I know, old hat at this stage but nevertheless here are the details.
Our team and subs for the Páirc Esler clash are as follows:
Mayo (NFL Division One v Down, 9/3/2013): Kenneth O’Malley (Ballinrobe); Chris Barrett (Belmullet), Ger Cafferkey (Ballina Stephenites), Keith Higgins (Ballyhaunis); Lee Keegan (Westport), Donal Vaughan (Ballinrobe), Colm Boyle (Davitts); Barry Moran (Castlebar Mitchels), Aidan O’Shea (Breaffy); Kevin McLoughlin (Knockmore), Richie Feeney (Castlebar Mitchels), Cathal Carolan (Crossmolina); Enda Varley (Garrymore), Jason Doherty (Burrishoole), Michael Conroy (Davitts). Subs: David Clarke (Ballina Stephenites, Keith Rogers (Ballaghaderreen), Tom Cunniffe (Castlebar Mitchels), Kevin Keane (Westport) Michael Walsh (Ardnaree), Danny Geraghty (Ballintubber), Jason Gibbons (Ballintubber), Seamus O’Shea (Breaffy), Alan Freeman (Aghamore), Cathal Freeman (Aghamore), Alan Murphy (Ballinrobe).
The starting fifteen named by the other James is as follows:
Down (NFL Division One v Mayo, 9/3/2013): Brendan McVeigh; Daniel McCartan, Brendan McArdle, Ryan Boyle; Ryan Mallon, Aidan Carr, Keith Quinn; Kalum King, Kevin McKernan; Conor Laverty, Mark Poland, Paul McComiskey; Donal O’Hare, Conor Harrison, Benny Coulter.
So, for both managers it’s a case of just one change each from last weekend. In our case, that solitary alteration sees Cathal Carolan – a second half sub at Croke Park – named to make his senior debut at wing-forward. In the consequent reshuffle Richie Feeney moves across to 11, with Aidan O’Shea shifting to midfield where he replaces Jason Gibbons, who drops to the bench. For them, meanwhile, the sole change involves the goalkeeping position, with Brendan McVeigh coming in for Michael Cunningham.
Comparing the two teams named above to those that started in last year’s All-Ireland quarter-final, we have ten survivors from that one (thirteen if you include subs introduced that day) whereas Down have eight (nine including subs).