Friday 23 March 2018

Mayo put faith in Mortimer

Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

MAYO manager James Horan has made alterations to every line of his team for Sunday's Connacht SFC semi-final clash with Galway in Castlebar.

In all, there are six changes in personnel, with Dermot Geraghty, Chris Barrett, James Kilcullen, Jason Gibbons, Aidan Campbell and Trevor Howley all losing out after their near miss away to London.

But perhaps the most surprising selection is that of Trevor Mortimer at wing-back, where he hasn't featured for the county since the 10-point qualifier defeat to Derry in 2007.

Horan has paired Breaffy brothers Aidan and Seamus O'Shea together in a new-look centre-field, while Kevin McLoughlin and Cillian O'Connor come into the attack. Keith Higgins also returns to the full-back line.

Kildare have kept the faith for their Leinster SFC semi-final clash with Dublin. Kieran McGeeney has opted against recalling the fit-again Daryl Flynn to midfield, where he has once again to deployed John Doyle alongside Hugh Lynch. Tomas O'Connor continues at full-forward, where he is flanked by James Kavanagh and Alan Smith.

For the second game in a row, MJ Tierney has been named to start for Laois as Justin McNulty shuffles his deck ahead of the visit of Tipperary to Portaloise. Donie Kingston is also set to come into the full-forward line with Billy Sheehan and Daithi Carroll the ones to make way.

Eoin Culleton continues in goal for the midlanders, but the rearguard has undergone a number of positional switches. Kevin Meaney starts at full-back with Padraic Clancy partnering Brendan Quigley in midfield, while Mark Timmons loses out.

Cork hurling boss Denis Walsh has made two changes from the side that hammered Laois for Saturday's home clash with Offaly. Jerry O'Connor replaces Tom Kenny in midfield while Cian McCarthy comes into the half forward line with Bill Cooper the one to make way.

There was mixed news for the embattled Offaly hurlers ahead of their clash away to Cork on Saturday. Joe Dooley is not expected to name his side until after tonight's Leinster U-21 clash with Dublin, but Rory Hanniffy, Brian Carroll and Joe Bergin are expected to be back in contention after injury. But Michael Verney, Cathal Parlon (both hand), Derek Molloy (travelling), James Rigney (broken arm) and David Franks (calf) are expected to miss out.

Waterford's Wayne Hutchinson will miss the Deise's Munster hurling final date with Tipperary after breaking a bone in his hand.

Mayo (SF v Galway) -- R Hennelly; T Cunniffe, A Feeney, K Higgins; R Feeney, D Vaughan, T Mortimer; S O'Shea, A O'Shea; K McLoughlin, A Dillon, A Moran; C O'Connor, A Freeman, J Doherty.

Laois (SF v Tipperary) -- E Culleton; C Healy, K Meaney, P O'Leary; D Strong, S Julian, P McMahon; P Clancy, B Quigley; C Begley, J O'Loughlin, N Donoher; R Munnelly, D Kingston, MJ Tierney.

Kildare (SF v Dublin) -- S Connolly; A MacLochlainn, M Foley, H McGrillen; G White, B Flanagan, E Bolton; J Doyle, H Lynch; M O'Flaherty, E O'Flaherty, E Callaghan; A Smith, T O'Connor, J Kavanagh.

Carlow (SH v Antrim) -- K Keogh; A Corcoran, S Kavanagh, D Shaw; E Coady, J Rogers, R Coady; E Nolan, B Doyle; C Doyle, E Byrne, P Keogh; D Roberts, M Brennan, R Dunbar.

Cork (SH v Offaly) -- D Óg Cusack; S McDonnell, E Cadogan, B Murphy; J Gardiner, W Egan, S O'Neill; J O'Connor, P Cronin; B O'Connor, C McCarthy, N McCarthy; L O'Farrell, P O'Sullivan, P Horgan.

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