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Rochford and Barrett are hoping their boys can rise to the occasion

By Staff Reporter

Mayo senior team manager Stephen Rochford and his Donegal minor counterpart Shaun Paul Barrett enter their respective All-Ireland assignments at Croke Park today against somewhat similar backgrounds.

Rochford is anxious to see his side provide further evidence that they are All-Ireland title candidates when they face Westmeath (6pm) in a tricky Round 4B qualifier while Barrett is conscious that two close shaves against Antrim and Derry on the way to winning the Ulster title must see his side reach a higher level against Cork (2pm) in the first of the minor quarter-finals.

The jury is still out on this Mayo side even though Cillian O'Connor, Aidan O'Shea, Keith Higgins, Lee Keegan and Kevin McLoughlin are capable of providing the inspiration.

Barrett, meanwhile, accepts that his team travelled a hard road to gain silverware in Ulster and acknowledges that Cork will be extremely stiff opposition.

"I think there is great character in this Donegal side but our skills level must match that today," he stated.

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