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Rossies hope Shine fit for bench role

DONIE SHINE'S well documented hamstring woes have consigned him to a watching brief as Roscommon take on raging favourites Mayo in this Sunday's Connacht SFC semi-final at McHale Park.

However, the Rossies are holding out hope that their struggling forward talisman will be fit to make some impact off the bench in Castlebar.

In announcing a team minus his towering presence, the Roscommon website confirms that Ian Kilbride, Darragh Donnelly and Donal Keane will "miss the game through injury" ... but there is no reference to Shine, backing up manager John Evans' assertion that, by the end of the week, "he will be available".

A recurring hamstring injury meant the 2010 All Star nominee was confined to just two shortlived league appearances – both aborted and totalling barely half an hour – against Sligo and Meath.

But Roscommon PRO Colm Beirne told The Herald: "We are hopeful that he will be able to be on the bench and he'll be given as much time as possible to prove that, because he would be a big addition."

The team to face Mayo includes two SFC debutants – goalkeeper Darren O'Malley and wing-back Conor Daly.

Mayo, meanwhile, feature just one change from their Connacht quarter-final drubbing of Galway for Sunday's semi with Roscommon.

Double Young Footballer of the Year, Cillian O'Connor – who recently suffered a shoulder injury in club action – is replaced by Richie Feeney.

ROSCOMMON (SF v Mayo): D O'Malley; N Collins, N Carty, S McDermott; D Keenan, N Daly, C Daly; K Higgins, M Finneran; C Devaney, K Mannion, C Cregg; D Smith, S Kilbride, D O'Gara.

MAYO (SF v Roscommon): D Clarke; T Cunniffe, G Cafferkey, K Higgins; L Keegan, D Vaughan, C Boyle; A O'Shea, S O'Shea; K McLoughlin, R Feeney, C Carolan; E Varley, A Freeman, A Dillon.

LAOIS may have lost their American-bound midfielder, Brendan Quigley, for even longer than their upcoming qualifier campaign.

Contrary to the initial belief that he would only spend the summer in New York, Quigley has now told the Leinster Express: "I have no work, I haven't worked since Christmas and lads can set you up with a good job over there.

"I'll be gone for a year anyway, or until things pick up back here."