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Dillon loses fitness race for showdown with Dubs

MAYO have made two changes for tomorrow's Allianz Division 1 NFL semi-final clash with Dublin, but Alan Dillon has not recovered in time to make the team.

Manager James Horan had revealed this week that Dillon was "very close" to a comeback, but he stressed that they wouldn't rush the key forward back if he didn't pass a medical test.

Mayo are also still without midfield star Barry Moran (ankle), but Keith Higgins, who also sat out last weekend's hard-fought defeat of Cork with a hamstring injury, is listed among their subs. Chris Barrett and Jason Doherty come into the starting line-up at the expense of Shane McHale and Alan Freeman. Mickey Conroy has been named in his usual corner-forward spot.

One Galway family will be divided at tomorrow's Division 3B hurling final as, unusually, two brothers are pitted against each other.

Kevin and Tom Conneely are originally from Ballindereen, but Kevin lines out at centre-forward for Longford, while his brother Tom plays in attack for promotion rivals Sligo.

Elsewhere, Cork's footballers' meagre following has prompted former county selector John Corcoran to call on the county board to play the Rebels' inter-county games outside of the city.

Despite the significance of a game which decided the last Division 1 Allianz League semi-final spot, a tiny crowd of just 2,012 spectators came to Pairc Ui Chaoimh last week when Cork were pipped by Mayo.

That has prompted Corcoran to reiterate his belief that Cork need to move their football matches elsewhere, suggesting Mallow, Fermoy or Clonakilty as more suitable venues.

"They are nice, compact venues and there would be great atmospheres," Corcoran said. "If you take the team out to meet the people, then it would have a knock-on effect throughout the year."

• Former Irish Independent staff writer and Olympian Tom O'Riordan will be among those honoured by the GAA's annual McNamee Awards for media in Croke Park tonight after receiving this year's Hall of Fame award for his contribution to Gaelic games.

MAYO (SF v Dublin) – D Clarke; K Keane, C Cafferkey, C Barrett; L Keegan, D Vaughan, C Boyle; J Gibbons, S O'Shea; K McLoughlin, A O'Shea, C Carolan; C O'Connor, J Doherty, M Conroy.

ANTRIM (SH v Carlow) – R McGarry; C McKinley, A Graffin, M McFadden; J McGreevey, N McAuley, P Shiels; M Donnelly, T McCloskey; S Beatty, N McManus, E McCloskey; S McAfee, C Carson, S McNaughton.

MEATH (SH v London) – S McGann; C Reilly, D Healy, W Mahady; J Kelly, J Togher, S Heavey; S Donoghue, S Morris; E Marsh, S Clynch, P Conneely; A Gannon, M O'Sullivan, B Slevin.

Irish Independent