Jordan Flynn will start his first game for Mayo since hobbling off in this season’s National Football League Division 1 final defeat to Kerry, when lining out against the same opposition in Sunday’s All-Ireland SFC quarter-final at Croke Park.
The Crossmolina man is preferred to Jason Doherty, with Flynn named at No.10 and Breaffy clubmates Matthew Ruane and Aidan O’Shea selected alongside each other at midfield. It is widely expected, however, that Flynn will operate as a straight midfielder with O’Shea’s duties likely to lie elsewhere.
The fitness of Ryan O’Donoghue remains something of a mystery. The Belmullet man has missed Mayo’s last two championship matches due to a groin injury but there is speculation that he could have some involvement on Sunday. The list of Mayo substitutes has not been released.
Mayo manager James Horan has kept faith with the six defenders who started against Kildare meaning there’s no place in the team for Ballina’s Padraig O’Hora who impressed when introduced in the second-half of that match. Nor have the attacking inputs of Fergal Boland or Darren McHale off the bench in that match been rewarded with starts, although it’s not beyond the realms of possibility there will be a further change or two to the Mayo team come the 4pm throw-in on Sunday.
The game marks a milestone for Lee Keegan who will make his 140th appearance for Mayo in both league and championship.
Diarmuid O’Connor will now operate at centre-forward with Conor Loftus named to his left. James Carr, Jack Carney and Cillian O’Connor complete the Mayo full-forward line.
The match will be refereed by David Gough from Meath.
Mayo: Rob Hennelly; Lee Keegan, Oisin Mullin, Enda Hession; Paddy Durcan, Stephen Coen (c), Eoghan McLaughlin; Aidan O’Shea, Matthew Ruane; Jordan Flynn, Diarmuid O’Connor, Conor Loftus; James Carr, Jack Carney, Cillian O’Connor.