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Mayo sweat on fitness of three key men


Mike Finnerty

THE Mayo senior footballers will return to the training ground this week to begin preparing for a rematch with Dublin in their fourth All-Ireland Final in six seasons.
Stephen Rochford and his management team will be anxiously awaiting a fitness update on three of their first fifteen — Colm Boyle, Donie Vaughan and Diarmuid O’Connor — who all picked up knocks in the course of last Saturday’s All-Ireland SFC semi-final replay win over Kerry.
Boyle was wearing a protective ‘moon boot’ as he left Croke Park on Saturday evening.
The Davitts defender, who put in a man of the match performance, was replaced on 68 minutes and Stephen Rochford admitted afterwards that Boyle had a ‘slight ankle’ issue.
The Mayo boss also confirmed that both Vaughan and O’Connor had ‘little hamstring injuries’ which required them to be taken off in the 37th minute and at half-time respectively.
However, The Mayo News understands that all three players are expected to be fit to face Dublin on Sunday, September 17.
Meanwhile, Mayo have been installed as 9/4 outsiders for the showdown against the Dubs.
The defending champions are the raging hot favourites at 1/2 to retain the Sam Maguire Cup  and win an historic three-in-a-row of titles.
After Dublin beat Tyrone comprehensively by twelve points in Sunday’s semi-final, Seán Cavanagh described the holders as ‘probably the greatest team that’s ever played the game’.
“In the first 15/20 minutes, they were gliding past us with ease - every single one of them.
“Their players have a phenomenal athleticism and power to break tackles and just to ghost past men and they obviously had their homework done and they were able to shut us out in so many ways. I know it's simplistic but their pace and power is incredible.
"It's just way above where any other team in Ireland are at the moment," he added.

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