Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 30 August 2014

Tyrone manager Donnelly delays naming side

Waiting game: Mickey Donnelly is keeping Mayo guessing

Tyrone have delayed naming the team to face Mayo in the All-Ireland minor final until during the weekend.

Manager Mickey Donnelly will not be revealing his line-up, but he has admitted that the Red Hands are up against a serious threat from their Connacht opponents.

"We know we are up against a massive team, a team that has scored freely all the way through the Championship – they have scored 14 goals and we have scored five," cautioned Donnelly.

For the senior final, Mayo boss James Horan has included two-time Young Player of the Year Cillian O'Connor to start against Dublin, despite dislocating his collarbone for the third time in a year against Tyrone.

All-Star corner-back Keith Higgins remains in the unusual position of centre-forward and his mobility is set to trouble Ger Brennan. Dublin will name their team on Friday night.

MAYO [v Dublin]: R Hennelly; T Cunniffe, G Cafferkey, C Barrett; L Keegan, D Vaughan, C Boyle; A O'Shea, S O'Shea; K McLoughlin, K Higgins, A Dillon; C O'Connor, A Freeman, A Moran

Meanwhile, former Kildare manager Kieran McGeeney has thanked the Lilywhites' players for his time involved with the county football team. "Although we never got the silverware we hoped for I know that it was not for the lack of effort or desire ... it's only a matter of time before Kildare achieve what they have been working towards," he said.

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