Thursday 22 February 2018

Moran: We can't afford to take eye off ball for Leitrim tie

Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

MAYO'S All Star captain Andy Moran has warned against complacency as the Connacht football champions become the last team to step into championship action tomorrow.

They are bidding to become the first team in nine years to retain the Connacht title and the bookies have made them 1/50 favourites to beat Leitrim in Castlebar.

But it is eight weeks since Mayo's last competitive game (the league final) and Moran has recalled their last championship clash with Leitrim, which they only survived by a point.

"We were overwhelming favourites, too, in 2006 when we went down to Carrick-on-Shannon and they hit the crossbar in the last minute," Moran stressed.

Conor Mortimer scored 0-4 that day, but Mayo's regular top scorer has been dropped for this one, with Alan Freeman and Jason Doherty getting the corner-forward spots.

plans

Elsewhere, Limerick's footballers will be without Steven Lavin when they enter the qualifiers next month as he has plans to travel to America.

The Limerick hurlers are without full-forward star Kevin Downes for tonight's Phase 1 hurling qualifier against Laois because he suffered a bad concussion in a recent challenge match against their U-21s.

The draw for Phase 2 of the hurling Qualifiers will take place on Monday morning (8.30).

It will pit the beaten Leinster semi-finalists (Offaly and Dublin/ Kilkenny) against Munster's beaten semi-finalists (Clare and Cork/Tipperary) on July 7, and the winners of that will progress to phase 3 on July 14, where they will meet the phase 1 winners.

Irish Independent

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