All fit and raring to go
Mayo all set to take on old foes
MAYO manager James Horan has a full hand to pick from ahead of Sunday’s All-Ireland SFC semi-final against Kerry after everybody came through last weekend’s final ‘A’ v ‘B’ trial match unscathed.
A number of slight injury concerns have all cleared up and Horan will be able to send out his strongest possible team for Mayo’s fourth successive championship semi-final.
The Mayo News understands that Ballintubber midfielder Jason Gibbons and Aghamore’s Alan Freeman are both pushing hard for inclusion in the starting 15 is, as Mayo’s management team mull over the prospect of a reshuffle.
Donal Vaughan, who played at midfield against Cork in the All-Ireland quarter-final, could revert to defence with Gibbons, who impressed after coming off the bench, an obvious choice to partner Seamus O’Shea in the middle of the field. Freeman, who “did well” after coming on Cork according to Horan, is also back in the frame for a starting role in the full-forward line with the possibilty of Mayo captain, Andy Moran, being held in reserve as an impact substitute.
Mayo are expected to announce their team to the general public on Thursday.
GAA officials are estimating that a crowd of between 30,000 and 40,000 people will attend next Sunday’s double-header of minor and senior games between the Connacht and Munster champions.
Tickets will be on general sale on Thursday and Friday (last day of sales) this week from 9.30am to 6pm at the County Board Office at MacHale Park, Castlebar.
All-Ireland senior FC Semi-Final
Mayo v Kerry
Sunday, August 24
Croke Park at 3.30pm
Referee: D Coldrick (Meath)