Sunday 19 November 2017

Mayo wounded fit for battle

MAYO have named an unchanged team for tomorrow's All-Ireland SFC semi-final against Kerry, indicating that Trevor Mortimer has fully recovered from his quad muscle injury WRITES CLIONA FOLEY.

Manager James Horan delayed his selection until yesterday to run late fitness tests on Mortimer and panellists Peadar Gardiner and Aidan Campbell, who are both also included in the match-day panel -- and Horan does not tend to name 'dummy' teams.

Tipperary's TJ Ryan has recovered from an ankle injury to reclaim his corner-forward starting place for tomorrow's minor football semi-final against Roscommon. Ryan comes in for John McGrath at corner-forward.

Tipp have one other change, with Evan Comerford taking over in goals from Gearoid Slattery.

Roscommon, who were taken to extra-time by Armagh in their thrilling quarter-final, have named the same starting 15 but with a few positional switches in the forwards, where Mark Healy and Donie Smith now occupy the two central positions.

Galway senior stars Johnny Coen, David Burke and Barry Daly will spearhead their U-21 hurlers' challenge against Limerick in today's Bord Gais Energy All-Ireland semi-finals.

Limerick have included captain Kevin Downes despite worries over his recent hand injury and fellow senior stars Declan Hannon and Graeme Mulcahy. Dublin's U-21s have made two changes to their starting line-up for today's clash with Antrim. Eamonn Dillon and Sean McGrath come into the attack to replace Robbie Mahon and Thomas Connolly. The side includes senior stars Liam Rushe, Daire Plunkett and Danny Sutcliffe.

Elsewhere, Kildare are expected to confirm early next week that Kieran McGeeney will stay on as their senior football boss for a fifth season.

Irish Independent

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