Wednesday 17 January 2018

Keegan out as O'Shea returns for Mayo


Michael Verney

Mayo's team to face reigning Allianz League and All-Ireland Champions Dublin in MacHale Park tonight shows two changes, with All-Star defender Lee Keegan omitted after suffering concussion in last week's heavy defeat away to Cork.

Keegan collided heavily with Cork's Eoin Cadogan and is left out along with Kevin McLoughlin, but Stephen Rochford can call on Aidan O'Shea, who is named beside younger brother Conor in the half-forward line, while Mikey Sweeney comes in at No 15.

Dublin are unchanged.

In Kerry, Eamonn Fitzmaurice makes three alterations from their defeat to Dublin, with five-time All-Ireland winner Aidan O'Mahony starting at centre-back in place of Fionn Fitzgerald for the home clash with Roscommon.

Brian Kelly takes over from Brendan Kealy in goal, while Jonathan Lyne replaces Philip O'Connor in attack.

Meanwhile, Liam MacCarthy Cup holders Kilkenny have named Shane Prendergast as captain for 2016, with the Clara defender following in his father's footsteps to skipper the Cats.

Prendergast assumes the role from full-back colleague Joey Holden in what is a remarkable rise, having only made his first Championship start, aged 29, in last season's All-Ireland semi-final following an injury to regular No 4 Jackie Tyrrell.

He performed admirably as the Cats staged a second-half comeback to topple Galway.

Prendergast emulates his father Paddy, a three-time All-Ireland senior medallist who captained Kilkenny to Leinster success in 1987.

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