Friday 15 December 2017

Horan relishing chance for Donegal revenge

James Horan is looking forward to a re-run of last year's All-Ireland final against Donegal
James Horan is looking forward to a re-run of last year's All-Ireland final against Donegal

John Fallon

Mayo manager James Horan says that his men can't wait to have another crack at All-Ireland champions Donegal on Sunday

According to Horan, drawing the All-Ireland champions had not created much of a stir as his squad regrouped for training yesterday morning, but he insists they are really looking forward to returning to Croke Park for a repeat of last year's final.

"It doesn't really matter," stated Horan when asked about drawing Donegal. "We are just delighted to be in a quarter-final. Who we got wasn't an issue, they are all good teams at this stage. We are going well, training well with injuries clearing up and we are really looking forward to having a crack next Sunday.

"They will play their game, we will play ours. We are very happy with where we are, how we are developing and meeting each challenge that comes our way.

"We can't wait, we can't wait to get cracking," added Horan, who this month guided Mayo to their third successive Connacht title in over six decades.

Meanwhile, goalkeepers David Clarke and Kenneth O'Malley have been ruled out through injury, with Rob Hennelly set to continue between the posts.

Horan said that Michael Conroy is doubtful with a hamstring injury which forced him to come off in the Connacht final win over London.

All-Ireland SFC quarter-finals

Saturday: Monaghan v Tyrone, 5.0;

Cork v Dublin, 7.0 (both in Croke Park)

Sunday: Cavan v Kerry, 2.0; Donegal v Mayo, 4.0 (both in Croke Park)

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