We have team news and live score commentary as Mayo host Galway in the 2014 Connacht Football Final, throw in 2pm.
Mayo come into today’s game looking for their fourth Connacht Senior Football Final success in a row after wins against New York and a hard fought semi-final victory over Roscommon. The biggest danger for Mayo may have been over-confidence, but that narrow 0-13 to 1-9 win has surely put any thought of complacency out of their mindset. They needed the brilliance of Andy Moran to get them out of a tight bind while Cillian O’Connor was once again on form from placed balls.
After comfortable wins against London and Sligo, Galway will hope the fact that they were out three weeks ago while it’s been six weeks since Mayo had a Championship game. Galway will hope that Shane Walsh can make another step forward after his six point display against Sligo. His scoring prowess was matched by Danny Cummins (0-4) as the Tribesmen never looked like losing.
Duel of the game
Colm Boyle v Shane Walsh
The pretender against the seasoned professional will determine whether Galway have a fighting chances. Walsh was outstanding in last season’s U21 All-Ireland success and has shone so far in the Championship. After scoring 1-6 against London, he followed it up with a scintillating display, scoring 0-6 in their win over Sligo. The question is whether their star of the future can be a star right now.
Colm Boyle showed his class against Roscommon in getting a key interception to deny the Rossies a replay and the half-back will test every facet of Walsh’s game. He will bomb forward as well as keep a tight hold of him in defense. He will need another solid performance if Mayo are to keep Walsh quiet.
James Horan recalls Andy Moran and Alan Dillon to the starting XV in two of four changes, with Barry Moran coming into midfield and Chris Barrett starts at corner back for the first time since the 2013 All-Ireland final. Alan Mulholland makes two changes with Joss Moore coming in at fullback and will likely to face Cillian O’Connor while Paul Conroy comes in at right corner forward.
Mayo: Robbie Hennelly; Chris Barrett, Ger Cafferkey, Keith Higgins; Lee Keegan, Colm Boyle, Donal Vaughan; Seamus O’Shea, Barry Moran; Kevin McLoughlin, Aidan O’Shea, Jason Doherty; Cillian O’Connor, Andy Moran (Capt), Alan Dillon
Galway: Manus Breathnach; Donal O’Neill, Finian Hanley, Joss Moore; Gareth Bradshaw, Gary O’Donnell, Paul Varley; Fiontan O’Curraoin, Tomas Flynn; Michael Lundy, Shane Walsh, Damien Comer; Paul Conroy, Eddie Hoare, Danny Cummins.
Mayo have become one of the best and consistent performers in the Championship as a whole and they won’t let Galway overthrow them in Castlebar. They have far greater fire-power up front and Cillian O’Connor and a on fire Andy Moran will be too much for Galway. Both O’Shea’s are also have enough experience to drag Mayo through to the All-Ireland quarter-finals.