ALL IN IT TOGETHER Mayo captain Cillian O’Connor shakes hands with young Mayo fan Jake Hyland (7) after last Saturday’s win over Clare in Ennis.
MAYO fans are expected to travel in their thousands to the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick on Saturday week next, July 22, for their All-Ireland SFC Qualifier Round 4A match against Cork.
Stephen Rochford’s team have been installed as 1/6 favourites to advance to the All-Ireland quarter-finals for the seventh year in a row, with the beaten Munster finalists priced at 9/2 to cause an upset.
The Mayo squad will return to training this evening (Tuesday) for the first time since beating Clare by seven points in last Saturday’s Qualifier game in Ennis.
There are understood to be no serious injuries in the Mayo camp in the wake of last weekend’s game although Tom Parsons was unable to start against Clare due to the flu.
Meanwhile, Mayo GAA have responded to some speculation on social media last weekend that their Round 4A Qualifier against Cork was set to be played at Páirc Uí Chaoimh.
Speaking to The Mayo News last night, PRO Paul Cunnane confirmed that Mayo GAA ‘welcomed’ the decision to fix the game for Limerick and said that any move to play the game in Cork ‘would not have been agreed to’ by Mayo GAA chiefs.
“There was unfounded speculation over the last number of days that the game was to be played in Páirc Uí Chaoimh, however this is not something Mayo GAA would have welcomed or agreed to,” he said.
“We know Mayo fans always travel the length of the country to follow this team and it would have been very unjust had the game been fixed for Cork. I’m certain they will travel in big numbers to Limerick to support the team.”
If Mayo beat Cork, they will then face either Kerry or Roscommon in the All-Ireland SFC quarter-final on Sunday, July 30 at Croke Park.