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Mayo double bill at Croker


Mayo double bill at Croker

Seniors and Minors to tog on Bank Holiday Sunday

Mike Finnerty

ALL roads will lead to Croke Park on Sunday week next, August 3, for thousands of Mayo football supporters after it was confirmed yesterday (Monday) that both the county’s minors and seniors will be in action on the same afternoon.
With both All-Ireland Senior and Minor Football quarter-finals involving Mayo teams going ahead on the Sunday of the August Bank Holiday weekend, a huge crowd from the county is expected to make the trip to Dublin.
The Mayo Minors will get the ball rolling with their last eight tie against beaten Ulster finalists, Armagh, at 12pm with the Senior team taking on Cork, Sligo or Tipperary at 4pm.
Almost all of James Horan’s county senior squad were in championship action for their clubs last weekend, and all those who lined out are believed to have come through unscathed.
However, Tom Cunniffe did not line out for county champions, Castlebar Mitchels, as he continues his recovery from an Achilles injury. The pacy corner-back is believed to be a major doubt for Sunday week’s encounter.
Knockmore’s Kevin McLoughlin was also a notable absentee from their line-out against Garrymore in the Mayo club championship last Saturday evening.
The Mayo News understands that the Mayo forward was rested by his club (who had already qualified for the quarter-finals) following a request from the county senior manager.
The issue looks set to be raised at the next meeting of the County Board after Knockmore club officials met to discuss Horan’s request before Saturday’s game was played.
All the other 20 players that saw action for Mayo against Galway in the recent Connacht Final victory played some part for their clubs over the weekend.
Barry Moran and Alan Dillon both came off the bench for Castlebar and Ballintubber having recovered from their respective minor calf and hamstring injuries.
Mayo’s panel has also been boosted ahead of the upcoming All-Ireland quarter-final by the news that Tom Parsons returned to action for Charlestown last weekend.
The midfielder had been sidelined for almost two months.