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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Horan puts his faith in experience for final

Mayo manager James Horan during a press evening ahead of their Connacht GAA Football Senior Championship Final against Galway on Sunday the 13th of July. Mayo Football Squad Press Evening, Elverys MacHale Park, Castlebar, Co. Mayo. Picture;: David Maher/Sportsfile.
Mayo manager James Horan during a press evening ahead of their Connacht GAA Football Senior Championship Final against Galway on Sunday the 13th of July. Mayo Football Squad Press Evening, Elverys MacHale Park, Castlebar, Co. Mayo. Picture;: David Maher/Sportsfile.

JAMES HORAN has entrusted his faith in two of Mayo's two most experienced players after selecting Andy Moran and Alan Dillon for Sunday's Connacht SFC final clash with Galway.

The long-serving duo were brought into Mayo's provincial semi-final win over Roscommon in fraught circumstances, with Moran's two late points proving crucial in preserving their bid to win four Connacht titles in-a-row for the first time since their season of their last All-Ireland success, 1951.

They replaced Diarmuid O'Connor - who made his Championship debut against New York in round one - and Alan Freeman.

In defence, Chris Barrett starts his first competitive match since last year's All-Ireland final loss as a replacement the injured Tom Cunniffe.

The last change sees Barry Moran come back into the team at midfield, with Conor O'Shea dropping out of the team and his brother, Aidan, moving to centre-forward.

MAYO (SF v Galway): R Hennelly; C Barrett, G Caffrekey, K Higgins; L Keegan, C Boyle, D Vaughan; S O'Shea, B Moran; K McLoughlin, A O'Shea, J Doherty; C O'Connor, A Moran, A Dillon.

WICKLOW stalwart Leighton Glynn has revealed he is considering his inter-county future.

Glynn has missed large patches of the past three seasons with chronic injury, although he played in Wicklow's recent All-Ireland SFC qualifier defeat to Sligo in Aughrim.

"It might be time," he admitted. "There won't be any rash decisions, I'll leave it for another while."

Armagh defender Gary McCooey has dropped himself from the county senior football panel amid reports that he is frustrated at a lack of playing time.

The 24-year-old defender from the Cullyhanna club made the decision following the drawn game against Monaghan two weeks ago.

McCooey came on as a substitute in Armagh's Ulster SFC quarter-final win over Cavan, but it is understood that he has grown tired of his bit-part role in the county side.

The Orchard County will be looking to bounce back from last weekend's replay defeat by Monaghan when they take on Tyrone in the qualifiers on Sunday, but will have to plan without McCooey.

Wexford County Board has vowed to launch an internal investigation after its application for funding from the Sport Capital Programme was deemed invalid.

Chairman of the board Diarmuid Devereux admitted that he was "shocked" by the decision and insisted that they will investigate why the application was rejected.

Limerick (SF v Sligo): B Scanlon; M O'Riordan, J McCarthy, S O'Dea; I Corbett, P Brown, P Ranahan; T Lee, J Galvin; D Tracy, D Neville, S Buckley; G Collins, K Phair, I Ryan.

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