Monday 23 October 2017

All-Ireland final diary

Mayo take chance to blood all their players

Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

MAYO'S most famous man – Enda Kenny, not Aidan O'Shea (yet) – used the analogy of a subs board this week when asked about a potential Cabinet reshuffle, hinting that politicians won't know anything until their numbers are flashed up.

If he follows Mayo's example in last year's All-Ireland semi-final against the Dubs, there'll be lots of changes seeing as they used eight subs that day.

They used three blood replacements in the opening 54 minutes before dipping into the usual quota of five subs, all perfectly legal, but highly unusual.

Richie Feeney came in as a blood sub for Lee Keegan in the 15th minute and was eventually replaced by an official sub (Lee Keegan) in the 61st minute.

That was 46 minutes of blood-sub action because there is no 'time limit' on how long you can use a blood sub.

CHEEKY WAGS TAKE AIM

SOMETIMES a picture really is worth a thousand words so here's the decoration on some urinals in a Mayo bar.

CELEBRITY VERDICT

Danny O'Reilly

(lead singer with The Coronas)

"I know a few of the Dublin players like Eoghan O'Gara, Kevin McManamon and Ger Brennan very well. I played midfield with Eoghan all the way up on our club team (Templeogue Synge St) and my dad coached us.

"I played minor (wing-forward) with Dublin in 2003 when we beat Laois in the Leinster final, but then lost to them in the All-Ireland final replay.

"I'm very wary of Mayo, they've been really good this year and a lot depends on whether Cillian O'Connor starts, but Dublin have serious depth on their bench and that could be the difference. I missed the 2011 final because we were recording in LA, but I've got a ticket this time and flying home from recording in London tonight. Can't wait!"

FINAL QUESTION

Q: How many goalkeepers have Mayo had this summer? (Answer below)

NUMBER OF THE DAY

92 The number of years since Dublin and Mayo met in an All-Ireland final.

FINAL QUOTE

"I can give you the sob story, but you just get on with it. If you start thinking too much like that, you're not even going to get out of bed to go to the gym" – Injured Mayo 'keeper David Clarke on being forced to miss this one out.

TWEET OF THE DAY

"The Celtic kit and colour would be a cool Donegal kit ... !!JustSayinglike"

Donegal football may be imploding, but Dermot 'Brick' Molloy is thinking of aesthetics.

A: Four. David Clarke and Kenneth O'Malley both got injured, prompting call-ups for current incumbent Rob Hennelly and back-up Brendan Walsh.

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