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Tuesday 16 July 2019

Keegan and Higgins recalled as Horan shuffles Mayo deck


Mayo's Lee Keegan. Photo: Sportsfile
Mayo's Lee Keegan. Photo: Sportsfile
Michael Verney

Michael Verney

Mayo boss James Horan has made sweeping changes for tomorrow's Allianz FL Division 1 final against Kerry in Croke Park (4.0) with former Footballer of the Year Lee Keegan and veteran defender Keith Higgins among those recalled.

Keegan, who makes his 100th senior appearance for Mayo, is named at centre-back with Higgins at corner-back amid five changes by Horan from last week's defeat of Monaghan, as they bid for a first league title since 2001.

David Clarke - the only playing link with that victory 18 years ago - misses out through injury with Robbie Hennelly coming in as goalkeeper, while Donal Vaughan is named at wing-back and James Carr makes his first start at corner-forward.

Kerry boss Peter Keane has stuck with the same side that overwhelmed Roscommon and Kevin McCarthy is named in attack despite suffering a shoulder injury in that victory.

In hurling, reigning All-Ireland champions Limerick will have 13 of the side which ended their 45-year wait for Liam MacCarthy last August for tomorrow's Division 1 final with Munster rivals Waterford at GAA HQ (2.0).

Mike Casey and Seamus Flanagan are the pair to miss out as Treaty boss John Kiely makes a solitary change to the side which defeated Dublin as they eye a first league crown since 1997.

As expected, skipper Declan Hannon returns to the starting 15 at centre-back with Paddy O'Loughlin the one to lose out, as Dan Morrissey switches from No 6 to left wing-back.

Opponents Waterford have opted for experience with the evergreen Michael 'Brick' Walsh named at centre-forward as Páraic Fanning shuffles his pack slightly from their semi-final victory over Galway.

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The Stradbally clubman, 36 next month, replaces Colin Dunford to anchor the forward division, while Peter Hogan starts at corner-forward instead of Tommy Ryan.

Meanwhile, Clare's Munster and All-Ireland SHC preparations have been given a significant boost with the return of star forward Shane O'Donnell to the Banner fold.

The 24-year-old rejoined Gerry O'Connor and Donal Moloney's squad having returned from America in recent days having completed studies at Harvard University in Boston for the past seven months.

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