Thursday 14 December 2017

Big incentive for Leitrim

LEITRIM'S footballers have an extra incentive to try to pull off one of the greatest shocks in their history this Sunday, WRITES Cliona Foley.

If the Connacht minnows were to topple Mayo in the provincial semi-final, they would get to choose the neutral venue for the provincial final against Sligo on July 15.

That's because neither Leitrim nor Sligo have a stadium big enough to host the provincial final, which must be held in a venue capable of holding a crowd of 20,000 plus.

Sligo's victory over Galway in the earlier semi-final means that the Connacht final will go to a neutral venue. But if Mayo win they will get first choice of venue, which would either be Salthill or Roscommon.

Mayo's Aidan O'Shea remains their big doubt for the game after being forced to take a full eight-week break from training with his groin problem.

Of Mayo's other long-term injuries, Aidan Campbell is also ruled out but O'Shea's brother, Seamus, has returned to training and could play a part.

Leitrim will have at least one change from the team that beat London as Ciaran Egan, who lined out at full-back in Ruislip, has been dropped from panel for disciplinary reasons.

Centre-back Fabian McMorrow could drop back to fill the gap and Enda Williams could also start in defence.

Elsewhere, Seamus Hickey (elbow) has returned to training with the Limerick hurlers but will not be ready for Saturday's All-Ireland SHC qualifier against Laois and they will also be without U-21 star Conor Allis (shoulder).

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