We’ve just named our team to face Cork in this coming Sunday’s National Football League Division One final at Croke Park (throw-in 4pm). The side shows just one change from the one that lined out against Kerry in the semi-final, with Ballintubber’s Cillian O’Connor starting at full-forward instead of Burrishoole’s Jason Doherty.
Sunday’s team also bears a very strong resemblance to the one that started (but didn’t finish) in that narrow defeat to Cork in McHale Park last month. Missing from that line-up are Shane McHale, Seamus O’Shea and Alan Freeman with that trio replaced by Kevin Keane, Jason Gibbons and Conor Mortimer. This means that, like the Rebels, our team on Sunday will feature twelve of the lads who started for us that day in Castlebar.
Last night, I observed that Cork’s team for Sunday also features twelve of the team that started for them in last year’s All-Ireland quarter-final. We’ve a far higher turnover compared to the Rebels from then, however, as eight of our starters that day don’t feature in the fifteen named to start on Sunday. Out of that team go Robbie Hennelly, Tom Cunniffe, Richie Feeney, Trevor Mortimer, the two O’Sheas, Enda Varley and Alan Freeman while in come David Clarke, Kevin Keane, Lee Keegan, Colm Boyle, Barry Moran, Jason Gibbons, Conor Mortimer and Michael Conroy.
Here’s the full list for Sunday’s decider:
Mayo (NFL Division One final v Cork, 29/4/2012): David Clarke (Ballina Stephenites); Kevin Keane (Westport), Ger Cafferkey (Ballina Stephenites), Keith Higgins (Ballyhaunis); Lee Keegan (Westport), Donal Vaughan (Ballinrobe), Colm Boyle (Davitts); Barry Moran (Castlebar Mitchels), Jason Gibbons (Ballintubber); Kevin McLoughlin (Knockmore), Andy Moran (Ballaghaderreen), Alan Dillon (Ballintubber); Conor Mortimer (Parnells, Dublin), Cillian O’Connor (Ballintubber), Michael Conroy (Davitts).Subs: Robert Hennelly (Breaffy), Michael Walsh (Ardnaree), Shane McHale (Knockmore), Peadar Gardiner (Crossmolina), Richie Feeney (Castlebar Mitchels), Danny Geraghty (Ballintubber), Seamus O’Shea (Breaffy), Pat Harte (Ballina Stephenites), Alan Freeman (Aghamore), Jason Doherty (Burrishoole), Enda Varley (Garrymore).