THE Mayo minor footballers have been handed a massive double boost ahead of Sunday's All-Ireland final clash with the news that two of their star defenders will be fit to take their place in the showdown with Tyrone.
Both wing back Shane Nally and No 3 Kevin Keane have been declared fit to play after injury scares.
Team captain Nally damaged ligaments during a club game with the Garrymore minors two weeks ago and he returned to full training last weekend. He will be crucial to Ray Dempsey's side if they are to capture their first minor crown since 1985.
Keane has also been given a clean bill of health. He received plaudits for the man marking job he did on Kerry's danger man Barry John Walsh during their semi-final clashes and he could be charged with the equally daunting task of picking up AFL target Kyle Coney, who has been a massive scoring threat for the Ulster side.
However, Dempsey is sweating on the fitness of Aidan O'Shea who broke a bone in his hand during the clash with Kerry and has been unable to do any ball work since.
The Mayo manager has insisted that the youngster will be given every chance to prove his fitness ahead of throw-in.
"You don't know how preparation really goes until the acid test, and that's the game itself," Dempsey said. "We won't know until very late whether Aidan will be available to take part in the game. It will be down to a medical decision, to be honest. There'll be a team named due to programme demands, but we won't know our starting 15 until later in the week."