Mortimer and Dillon in line to return for O'Mahony's table-toppers
Published 16/02/2010 | 05:00
MAYO boss John O'Mahony, whose side are currently flying and joint top of Division 1 after two rounds of the National Football League, will get another boost this week with the return of key forwards Conor Mortimer and Alan Dillon.
The duo have been abroad on an extended holiday but are returning home from their travels in the middle of this week and are expected to immediately rejoin the county panel.
Mayo play Galway in the FBD League final on Sunday at Castlebar, and their return is particularly timely because the next round of the NFL is not for another three weeks when Mayo take on Dublin in a big top-of-the table clash at the same venue.
"Conor and Alan are coming home this week but whether they're ready for the Dublin match will be down to the shape they're in and how much training they can get in," O'Mahony confirmed.
Mayo have also decided not to contest the four-week ban that Mortimer's older brother Trevor picked up in the first-round defeat of Galway.
But because of the break in the schedule, team captain Mortimer, who missed out last weekend's victory over Tyrone, will be available again by the time their next game comes around on March 7.
Even without three of their best forwards -- both of the Mortimers and Dillon -- they took Tyrone's scalp in Omagh last Sunday and Mortimer may now find himself battling for a place in their full-forward line, especially given the form of former All-Ireland-winning U-21 Mark Ronaldson who scored 1-6 (0-2f, 1-0 penalty) last weekend.
Cork are also part of the three-way tie at the top but the last two All-Ireland champions, Kerry and Tyrone, are currently without a win to their name and Monaghan are also dangling in the relegation zone already having lost their first two outings.