Hopes that Ryan O’Donoghue would play some part for Mayo in this Sunday’s All-Ireland SFC quarter-final against Kerry have been extinguished with confirmation of the substitutes’ bench by Mayo GAA today.
The Belmullet man was not named in the team announced by manager James Horan on Friday and nor does he feature among the eleven substitutes who have been named for the game.
His last appearance was in the Green and Red’s Connacht SFC quarter-final exit to Galway.
And in a separate blow, neither is Darren McHale named among the replacements having scored when introduced against both Monaghan and Kildare in Mayo’s qualifier victories. The Knockmore man is also ruled out through injury.
Mayo’s attacking options off the bench for Sunday include the inexperienced Mark Moran from Westport and Paul Towey from Charlestown, with Fergal Boland, Jason Doherty and the Knockmore pairing of Aiden Orme and Kevin McLoughlin also held in reserve.
Defensive cover comes in the form of Padraig O’Hora, Rory Brickenden and Donnacha McHugh who has yet to make his championship debut, with Conor O’Shea also named on the bench along with sub ‘keeper Rory Byrne.
Mayo (v Kerry): 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.