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Horan up for the Kerry challenge

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Horan up for Kerry challenge


Mike Finnerty

MAYO manager James Horan intends to “really have a go” in next Sunday’s National League semi-final against Kerry and will select his “strongest team” for the Croke Park showdown.
Speaking in the aftermath of last Sunday’s drawn match between the two sides in Tralee, Horan admitted that he faces a tough task in selecting the first fifteen for the rematch next weekend at headquarters.
“We have some guys coming back from injury and some guys showing good form in training so we’ll sit down, have a look at it, and put out our best team, our strongest team, that we have at that time,” he told The Mayo News. “And really have a go at that semi-final.
“It’s great to be playing the form team in the country. Kerry are top of the league and playing very well. We are delighted to be getting games against good teams and will prepare well.”
Mayo were forced to plan without both Peadar Gardiner and Colm Boyle for last Sunday’s game after they pulled out of the match-day squad due to illness.
Gardiner, who had been named among the Mayo subs, was unable to travel with the rest of the panel to their base in Adare on Saturday while Boyle, who was due to start the match, withdrew from the line-up just minutes before the start as he felt unwell.
Both players are expected to be available for selection next weekend.
The Mayo squad will train tomorrow night (Wednesday) but a team announcement is not expected until later in the week.
The Mayo GAA Board will receive 15 per cent of the gate receipts from next Sunday’s match as their reward for reaching the last four.
Meanwhile, some bookmakers have installed Kerry as the 2/5 favourites to win next Sunday’s semi-final with Mayo available at odds of 5/2.

Fixture NFL
Division 1 semi-final
Kerry v Mayo

Sunday, April 15
Croke Park at 2pm
Referee: TBC

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