MAYO full-back Ger Cafferkey is expected to be back in training by the New Year after he received news yesterday (Monday) that the dislocated shoulder he suffered in Sunday’s FBD League Final will not require surgery.
Cafferkey picked up the injury eighteen minutes into the first half of the FBD ‘Away’ Final against New York in Gaelic Park. It was the only downside to what was a very resounding 7-11 to 2-9 win for the Connacht champions.
“It was a straightforward enough game for us,” admitted Aidan O’Shea, who captained Mayo in the absence of Alan Dillon (ineligible) and Andy Moran (injured).
“It was disappointing for Ger to get injured, it was a heavy enough challenge on him. But it was a good weekend for the group overall, to get the chance to get away together is never a bad thing.”
Mayo lined out with eight of the team that started the All-Ireland semi-final defeat to Kerry in August and, despite going behind by two points early on, they took a 4-5 to 0-3 lead in at half-time.
Their goals came from Cillian O’Connor (2), Alan Freeman (2), Aidan O’Shea (2) and Enda Varley.
Castlebar Mitchels’ Alan Feeney did not play due to a quad injury while Alan Dillon, Peadar Gardiner, Jason Doherty and Neil Douglas were not eligible, having played for NUI Galway earlier in the competition.
Andy Moran, Trevor Mortimer, Keith Higgins, Robbie Hennelly, Tom Cunniffe and Donal Vaughan were the only members of the Mayo championship panel who didn’t travel.
Knockmore’s Dermot Keane lined out for New York at left-half back. Opposing him in the Mayo half-forward line was his next-door neighbour from home, Kevin McLoughlin.
K O’Malley; D Geraghty, G Cafferkey, E O’Reilly; C Barrett, R Feeney, L Keegan; J Gibbons, S O’Shea (0-2); A Campbell (0-1), A O’Shea (2-0), K McLoughlin (0-1); E Varley (1-2, 2f), A Freeman (2-3, 2f), C O’Connor (2-1, 1f).
Subs used: T Howley for Cafferkey (inj, 18mins); R McGarrity for Varley; J Kilcullen for R Feeney; M Ronaldson (0-1) for O’Connor (all half-time).