We’ve named our team to play Roscommon in Sunday’s All-Ireland quarter-final at Croke Park (throw-in 4pm). Here it is:
Mayo (All-Ireland SFC Quarter-Final v Roscommon, 30/7/2017): David Clarke (Ballina Stephenites); Brendan Harrison (Aghamore), Ger Cafferkey (Ballina Stephenites), Keith Higgins (Ballyhaunis); Lee Keegan (Westport), Chris Barrett (Belmullet), Colm Boyle (Davitts); Seamus O’Shea (Breaffy), Tom Parsons (Charlestown Sarsfields); Kevin McLoughlin (Knockmore), Aidan O’Shea (Breaffy), Diarmuid O’Connor (Ballintubber); Conor Loftus (Crossmolina), Cillian O’Connor (Ballintubber), Andy Moran (Ballaghaderreen).
So it’s (at least in theory) one change from the team that started in last weekend’s Round 4A qualifier against Cork, with Conor Loftus named to start instead of Jason Doherty. We’ll need to wait until shortly before throw-in on Sunday, though, to find out for sure if that really is the starting fifteen we’re actually going with.
I read earlier in the week that Roscommon have only two survivors on their team for Sunday from that which lined out the last time the counties met in the championship. That was a Connacht semi-final clash in June 2014 and we came away from it very grateful to have secured a nervy one-point win.
By contrast with the Rossies, eleven of the team we’ve named for Sunday – Ger Cafferkey, Colm Boyle, Keith Higgins, Lee Keegan, Chris Barrett, Seamus O’Shea, Donal Vaughan, Kevin McLoughlin, Aidan O’Shea, Diarmuid O’Connnor and Cillian O’Connor – all started for us that day in Hyde Park. In addition, Andy Moran came off the bench and made a decisive contribution to the narrow win we eked out then.