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Horan up for ‘massive’ game

Horan up for ‘massive’ game

Mayo boss relishing prospect of visit to in-form Armagh

Mike Finnerty


MAYO manager James Horan is hoping to have a full squad to pick from for next Saturday night’s crucial Allianz National League match against Armagh at the Morgan Athletic Grounds (7pm throw-in).
The Mayo panel were given last weekend off and will train again tonight (Tuesday) with Seamus O’Shea, Barry Moran, Donal Vaughan, Cillian O’Connor and Andy Moran all having recovered from their various aches and pains in recent weeks.
Chris Barrett (knee) remains the only likely absentee while Ger Cafferkey (hamstring) and Peadar Gardiner (quad) will be given every opportunity to prove their fitness before next weekend.
“This is a massive game for us,” James Horan told The Mayo News. “Playing Armagh at home, they’re going well, on top of the league, and we’re really looking forward to it.
“It’s a great chance for us to measure where we’re at, and it would be a great place to put in a performance and get a result.”
Reflecting on Mayo’s last outing, the abandoned game against Dublin more than two weeks ago, Horan outlined where he felt his team had left room for improvement.
“Our lack of work-rate and poor skill execution were the main things, the basic stuff,” he said.
“It’s not that Dublin were great in that first half, we just made ourselves look terrible. Next weekend is a chance for us to get back to basics and put that right.”
Meanwhile, the Mayo boss also confirmed that no definite decision had yet been taken on Trevor Mortimer and Ronan McGarrity rejoining the Mayo panel.
“Trevor’s just not sure yet when he’ll be available to link up with us,” explained Horan. “Hopefully, it will be sooner rather than later. Ronan is still recovering from injury, getting treatment on his achilles tendons, so we’ll just have to wait and see what happens. But there’s always room for good players in the squad.”
The Mayo captaincy is also being rotated at the moment as management weigh up their options ahead of the championship. Horan revealed that he is no rush to make an appointment with Alan Dillon (last year’s skipper), Andy Moran, Keith Higgins and Donal Vaughan all believed to be in the frame.

Fixture NFL Division 1
Armagh v Mayo

Saturday, March 3
Armagh at 7pm
Referee: M Deegan (Laois)

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