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LEADING ROLEJason Doherty made his 98th appearance for Mayo last Saturday. Pic: Sportsfile

Mike Finnerty

1 The Qualifiers update
THE four winners of next Saturday’s Round 3 All-Ireland SFC Qualifiers will meet the four provincial final losers in Round 4 on the weekend after next.
So if Mayo get past Kildare then they will take on one of Laois, Fermanagh, Cork or Roscommon on Saturday/Sunday, July 4/5.
The prize for winning that game will be a place in the very first ‘Super 8s’ — if Mayo were beat Laois or Fermanagh they will be in a group with Dublin and Donegal.
If they were to beat Cork or Roscommon they will end up in a group with Kerry and Galway.
All will be revealed soon.

Seamie O’Shea’s injury
TO lose one first-choice midfielder for the season due to injury was unfortunate, but to lose a second one seems downright careless!
Seamie O’Shea ended up in the South Tipperary General Hospital in Clonmel on Saturday evening after falling heavily during the first half.
It was later confirmed that the Breaffy midfielder had dislocated his shoulder and looks set to miss the rest of Mayo’s season.
Lee Keegan was out of action for three months due to his dislocated shoulder earlier this year.
Mayo are already without Tom Parsons while All Star defender Brendan Harrison is also sidelined due to a knee injury.

3 James Durcan’s goal
WHAT a way to score your first goal for Mayo!
Stephen Rochford made his customary pre-match change, handing Jimmy Durcan his second senior start in place of Cian Hanley.
The Castlebar Mitchels man put in a good shift too, the highlight coming when he struck for the game-breaking goal 17 minutes into the second half.
Durcan is likely to spend the rest of his life answering questions about whether he meant it or not, but the fact the ball ended up in the net was all that mattered on the night.
He’ll never forget his first Mayo goal anyway!

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