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Injured quartet still sidelined for Mayo


THE SIDELINE VIEW Allergan employees Barry Moran and Aidan O’Shea, who are both working their way back to full fitness, are pictured at last Saturday’s All-Ireland Inter-Firms Junior Football Final in Westport. Pic: Michael McLaughlin

Mike Finnerty

IF Mayo are to beat Cavan for the 19th time in the National League next Sunday, it looks they will have to do so without Aidan O’Shea, Seamie O’Shea, Ger Cafferkey and Jason Doherty.
Mayo manager Stephen Rochford confirmed to The Mayo News last night that all four players will sit out next weekend’s game due to their injuries.
Barry Moran and Alan Dillon are not expected to be involved on Sunday either.
However, Belmullet defender Chris Barrett ‘will be close’ to returning to Mayo’s match-day squad for the first time since last year’s All-Ireland final defeat to Dublin, according to Rochford.
“We won’t know for sure until closer to the weekend, but if Aidan and Seamie O’Shea don’t make it back for the Cavan game they should be ready for the Tyrone match on Sunday week,” he explained. “They both ‘part trained’ on Sunday.
“I’d be reluctant to put a timeframe on Ger Cafferkey’s likely return,” he said when asked about the Ballina clubman’s status. “When it’s right, it’s right is the way we’re looking at it.”
Rochford admitted that Mayo have spent much of the last ten days analysing their ‘non-performance’ against Dublin at Croke Park and addressing some of the issues that arose from the game.
However, he was adamant that there was no cause for concern inside the Mayo squad or management circle despite the nature of the team’s twelve-points defeat.
“There were certain things we did well in the Dublin game, but we just didn’t get the rewards,” he said.
“That was shown up on the night because Dublin were ruthless and clinical, whereas we made some bad decisions and didn’t execute some passes as well as we normally would.
“This Mayo group has typically lifted their performance levels and put it up to Dublin time and again over the last few years,” he added.
“At the same time, they’ve also suffered some big defeats to Dublin so we’ve come away from last week’s match and tried to take the learnings from it.
“If we’d won we wouldn’t have been getting over-excited or carried away, and it’s the same when we’ve lost.
“I feel that if we’d executed a few things better than we did then there may not have been as many unanswered questions at the end of the game.”
Cavan lost to Tyrone in their refixed National League match last Sunday by 0-19 to 1-9 in Omagh, meaning that they have picked up only one point from their first four games.
However, Mayo’s manager believes that they will take beating next weekend.
“They’ve had a couple of good performances even though results maybe haven’t gone their way. They ran Dublin hard for a long periods and drew with Monaghan a week after we couldn’t get a result against them in Castlebar.
“There are no easy games in Division 1, every team you come up against presents a different challenge, and we’re not expecting anything easy on Sunday.”

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