Wednesday 21 March 2018

Rossies and Mayo keep the faith for final showdown

Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

BOTH Roscommon and Mayo have named unchanged sides for Sunday's Connacht final at Dr Hyde Park (throw-in 2.0).

Roscommon are hoping to put back-to-back titles together for the first time since 1991 and they have named nine of the side that saw off Sligo in last year's decider.

The Donie Shine-Senan Kilbride axis caught the eye against Leitrim, as did midfielder Michael Finneran, but despite being at home Roscommon have been installed as 6/4 outsiders for the clash.

James Horan's Mayo saw off Galway in Castlebar last time out, with brothers Aidan and Seamus O'Shea continuing their partnership in centre-field. Trevor Mortimer gets another chance at wing-back, with Alan Dillon and Andy Moran expected to again provide the leadership in attack.

Meanwhile, Kieran McGeeney will give Kildare defender Emmet Bolton every chance to prove his fitness for Saturday's expected sell-out clash with Meath in Navan.

And there are two changes on the Tipperary U-21 side to face Cork tomorrow night, with Sean O'Brien and Kieran Morris coming in for Stephen Maher and Joe Gallagher.

Dublin hurler David Treacy is expected to be part of Anthony Daly's squad for the All-Ireland quarter-final clash with Limerick at Semple Stadium after making good progress in his bid to recover from a hamstring injury and Daly's hand is strengthened by Ryan O'Dwyer's return from suspension.

Limerick's appeal to have their Munster U-21 semi-final with Clare switched has been successful. The game was scheduled for Thursday July 21, three days before the senior side take on the Dubs, but it has now been fixed for Tuesday July 26.

Roscommon (Connacht SF final v Mayo) -- G Claffey; S McDermott, N Carty, S Ormsby; D Keenan, P Domican, D Ward; M Finneran, K Mannion; S O'Grady, K Higgins, C Cregg; C Devaney, S Kilbride, D Shine.

Mayo (Connacht SF final v Roscommon) -- R Hennelly; K Higgins, A Feeney, T Cunniffe; R Feeney, D Vaughan, T Mortimer; A O'Shea, S O'Shea; K McLoughlin, A Dillon, A Moran; C O'Connor, A Freeman, J Doherty.

Tipperary (U-21 HC v Cork) -- P Ryan; C Hough, K O'Gorman, S O'Brien; B Stapleton, P Heffernan, J Barry; N McGrath, A Ryan; S Curran, P Murphy, B O'Meara; K Morris, J O'Neill, J O'Dwyer.

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