Saturday 20 October 2018

Colm Cooper believes Aidan O'Shea could be tasked with marking Damien Comer tomorrow

Aidan O’Shea
Aidan O’Shea

Micheal Ó Scannail

Kerry legend Colm Cooper believes Aidan O'Shea could be deployed at full-back by Mayo in their mouthwatering Connacht quarter-final clash with arch-rivals Galway tomorrow.

The Annaghdown clubman was the cornerstone of Galway’s impressive run to the final of the National League with his ability to score for run hard tormenting oppossing defences.

Speaking on RTÉ's Saturday Sport, Cooper said that he doesn’t think Mayo have a player in their defensive arsenal to match Comer for size.

"Comer's been excellent for Galway, he was very good last year but he has stepped it up a notch or two this year," he said.

"Given his size Ger Cafferkey looks the most equipped to deal with him. When I look at the Mayo defence they probably don’t match up size-wise.”

While the Gooch doesn’t think Mayo have a defender to contain Comer he did offer an unorthodox alternative that has worked in the past.

“We have seen Kieran Donaghy with Aidan O’Shea beside him last year so if Mayo want to throw something different in and that is something they have done in the past, this could be it," he added.

Watch out for that.

"It will be interesting, I don’t think the teams will set-up as selected so we will have to watch early-on and see how that manifests itself."

Galway have been victorious in their previous two championship outings with Mayo and after their promising league run, confidence in them is ever-building.

"They are probably going into the Mayo match as slight favorites,” Cooper said.

“Which is a difficult place to be, but I haven’t seen anything from Galway that would suggest they can’t handle that sort of pressure.

"It’s going to be interesting to see how Galway come into this match and the season in general,” Cooper said.

“In seasons gone by, there hasn’t been huge expectation on them but that expectation has certainly built over the last few weeks.

"There is enough experienced players there to be ready and I don’t think they will be fazed. I’m marginally going for Galway because I think they are further down the road."

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