We’ve named our team for tomorrow’s All-Ireland quarter-final Group 1, Phase 1 meeting with Kerry at Fitzgerald Stadium in Killarney (throw-in 4pm). Here’s the starting fifteen we’ve going with for this opening Super 8s fixture:
Mayo (All-Ireland SFC quarter-final, Group 1, Phase 1 v Kerry 14/7/2019): David Clarke (Ballina Stephenites); Chris Barrett (Belmullet), Brendan Harrison (Aghamore), Keith Higgins (Ballyhaunis); Lee Keegan (Westport), Colm Boyle (Davitts), Stephen Coen (Hollymount/Carramore); Donal Vaughan (Ballinrobe), Aidan O’Shea (Breaffy); Fionn McDonagh (Westport), Kevin McLoughlin (Knockmore), Jason Doherty (Burrishoole); Cillian O’Connor (Ballintubber), Darren Coen (Hollymount/Carramore), James Carr (Ardagh).
So it’s the same line-up that was leaked yesterday, with one change from the team that lined out against Galway at the Gaelic Grounds last Saturday evening. Paddy Durcan hobbled off with a quad injury late on in that game and he’s unable to line out in this one, with fit again (one hopes) Lee Keegan slotting back into the half-back line.
The last time we played Kerry was, of course, in that memorable League decider at the end of March. The team we’ve named for tomorrow shows a bit of turnover since then, with just ten of the starting fifteen for the League final also named to line out at Fitzgerald Stadium.
The five who started the League final but aren’t named in tomorrow’s fifteen are Robbie Hennelly, Paddy Durcan (injured), Matthew Ruane (injured), Diarmuid O’Connor (injured) and Fergal Boland. The five who have come in for them are David Clarke, Colm Boyle (who came on as a sub in Croke Park), Stephen Coen, Fionn McDonagh and Cillian O’Connor (Fionn and Cillian were both injured then).
The best of luck to James and the team tomorrow.