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Mayo recall Feeneys ahead of Dubs clash


James Horan

James Horan

James Horan

MAYO brothers Richie and Alan Feeney are expected to train with the squad tonight despite being omitted from the match-day panel for last Sunday's game against Cork.

A spokesman for the Mayo board said yesterday: "The two Feeneys were released from the panel last week for disciplinary reasons but they are still training with the squad.

"They were with the squad (on Sunday) at the match, and will be training (on Tuesday night) and will be available for selection if needed."

The discipline issues are believed to be related to the previous week's fixture against Donegal.

Local fans at Elverys McHale Park on Sunday were puzzled about the absence of the two brothers and also that of Enda Varley.

However, Varley fell ill on Thursday and was replaced among the substitutes by Evan Regan.

Manager James Horan was asked after the game about disciplinary action that was taken against players, but remained non-committal, saying: "We had a match-day 26 today. We have an open panel all the time."

The hope now is that Horan and his squad can concentrate on the mammoth task of beating All-Ireland champions Dublin, who play at Castlebar on Saturday night (7.0)

This fixture was abandoned last month due to fog.

One bonus for supporters is that admission to McHale Park is free, but spectators will be issued with a ticket and invited to contribute €5 to charity.

All monies collected will be shared among four Mayo organisations: Order of Malta, Mayo Roscommon Hospice, Western Care Association and Western Alzheimers Association.

Meanwhile Cork's Paul Kerrigan revealed that the unlikely 0-14 to 0-13 win against Mayo has boosted the Rebels' confidence as they chase an Allianz League Division 1 semi-final spot. Kerrigan made a big contribution when he came on as a half-time sub for Colin O'Neill.

Cork were down to 14 men when Mark Collins got a red card for a 35th-minute off-the-ball incident, but rallied to snatch the two points with late scores by Kerrigan and Donncha O'Connor.

"They were five points up for ages, but we knew that if we could claw them back in we had a chance," Kerrigan said.

"It was like 2010 there, beating them in the last two or three minutes, so it was a very good win.

"The important thing was to win because we did not want to be involved in a relegation situation playing the All-Ireland champions in our last game.

"The league matters. It is still a national title. We won the first division of the league twice with an All-Ireland in between so that was three national titles in a row and any county would love that.

"I suppose you can count your medals when you are finished; the important thing is to keep winning."

Irish Independent