We’ve just named our team and subs for Sunday’s league semi-final with the Dubs at Croke Park (throw-in 3.45pm). Here are the full details:
Mayo (NFL Division One Semi-Final v Dublin, 14/4/2013): David Clarke (Ballina Stephenites); Kevin Keane (Westport), Ger Cafferkey (Ballina Stephenites), Chris Barrett (Belmullet); Lee Keegan (Westport), Donal Vaughan (Ballinrobe), Colm Boyle (Davitts); Jason Gibbons (Ballintubber), Seamus O’Shea (Breaffy); Kevin McLoughlin (Knockmore), Aidan O’Shea (Breaffy), Cathal Carolan (Crossmolina); Cillian O’Connor (Ballintubber), Jason Doherty (Burrishoole), Michael Conroy (Davitts). Subs: Kenneth O’Malley (Ballinrobe), Shane McHale (Knockmore), Michael Walsh (Ardnaree), Richie Feeney (Castlebar Mitchels), Keith Higgins (Ballyhaunis), Enda Varley (Garrymore), Evan Regan (Ballina Stephenites), Brian Gallagher (Claremorris), Darren Coen (Hollymount/Carramore), Alan Murphy (Ballinrobe), Alan Freeman (Aghamore).
So it’s two changes from the side that started against Cork last Sunday with Shane McHale – who, it must be said, didn’t put a foot wrong down in Páirc Uí Chaoimh the last day – being replaced by Chris Barrett at corner-back while Jason Doherty displaces Alan Freeman at full-forward. Keith Higgins is named on the bench, though Alan Dillon isn’t.
The above side shows four changes – two of which are enforced – from the side beaten by Dublin at HQ just over a month ago. Gone from that night are the penalty-stopping Kenneth O’Malley and Richie Feeney, as well as injured duo Keith Higgins and Barry Moran. The four starting on Sunday who didn’t feature in the starting fifteen last month are David Clarke in goal, Kevin Keane, Seamus O’Shea and Cathal Carolan (the latter made his debut from the bench that night).
Dublin are due to name their team later on but after a punishing week’s work, I’m due to lower a pint or two later on so I may or may not have details here this side of the morning.