O'Connor and Moran back as defence shaken up

GAA: Connacht SFC Semi-Final

Not making the cut: Two of Mayo's defensive stalwarts for the past number of years Ger Cafferkey and Donal Vaughan aren't in Mayo's starting 15 for Sunday. Photo: Sportsfile

Not making the cut: Two of Mayo's defensive stalwarts for the past number of years Ger Cafferkey and Donal Vaughan aren't in Mayo's starting 15 for Sunday. Photo: Sportsfile

Cillian O'Connor has won his race to be fit for the start of the championship and has been named at full forward for Sunday's showdown with Galway. Former team captain, Andy Moran has also returned to the starting 15 and will line out at corner forward with Jason Doherty in the opposite corner to Moran.

Pat Holmes and Noel Connelly have shaken up their defence with both Ger Cafferkey and Donal Vaughan not making the cut for Sunday's game, with Kevin Keane being rewarded for his impressive showings in the league with the number three shirt. The full back line sees Chris Barrett get the number two jersey with team captain Keith Higgins in the other corner. In the half-back line Lee Keegan and Colm Boyle retain their places, with Tom Cunniffe in the keystone centre-half-back slot. David Clarke also returns between the posts for Mayo for Sunday. In the middle of the park, Seamus O'Shea will be partnered by Tom Parsons, while Aidan O'Shea will line out at centre-half-forward with Diarmuid O'Connor and Kevin McLoughlin either side of him. The Mayo subs haven't yet been published by the county board. 

Mayo: D Clarke; C Barrett, K Keane, K Higgins; L Keegan, T Cunniffe, C Boyle; S O'Shea, T Parsons; D O'Connor, A O'Shea, K McLoughlin; A Moran, C O'Connor, J Doherty. 

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