THE Mayo senior football squad could receive a massive boost next weekend if both Seamus and Aidan O’Shea play some part in Breaffy’s club championship clash with Claremorris on Sunday.
The brothers both missed out on Mayo’s biggest Connacht championship win over Leitrim since 1973 last weekend due to their respective injuries.
However, The Mayo News understands that Seamus will have recovered sufficiently from his groin problem to line out next weekend, while Breaffy are hopeful that Aidan will also be able to take some part as he recovers from his own injury problems.
If he does line out, it would be his first game of football since Mayo’s NFL game away to Kerry on April 8.
Mayo manager James Horan will be keeping a close eye on the events in Breaffy as the countdown continues to his team’s Connacht SFC Final against Sligo on Sunday, July 15.
At the time of writing, the venue for the provincial showpiece was still not known.
However, a meeting was being held at the Connacht GAA Council offices in Ballyhaunis last night (Monday) to decide on a venue with Pearse Stadium in Galway city, Hyde Park, Roscommon and McHale Park, Castlebar all understood to be in the reckoning.
However, McHale Park would only be a runner if the Sligo GAA Board agreed to conceding home advantage to Mayo. It is believed that Sligo officials were considering their options in advance of last night’s meeting.
Meanwhile, Mayo had no fresh injury concerns to report after last Sunday’s twenty-two points victory in front of 14,398 spectators at sun-drenched Castlebar.
The O’Shea brothers, Chris Barrett, Peadar Gardiner, Aidan Campbell and Evan Regan were not included in Mayo’s 26-man squad last weekend, while Danny Kirby is understood to have been released from the county panel last week.
“When we lost to Sligo and Longford in 2010 everybody was saying what a disaster it was for Mayo football,” remarked Mayo captain Andy Moran on Sunday evening.
“But what they’ve done since shows that they’re actually good teams. They’ve made progress. We’ve a lot of hurt since 2010 and hopefully we can use that as best we can.”
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