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Mayo V Kerry, National Football League Division 1 Round 5,

Sunday 1st, March, Castlebar, 1:30pm:  

 A repeat of last year’s National League final pits reigning League champions Mayo, against All-Ireland finalists Kerry. Mayo enters this game having won one match, drawn one and lost two. It has caused some to tip Mayo for relegation especially with Tyrone defeating Dublin last night, however, having been in a similar league position two seasons ago, Mayo hope to steady the ship with three games to go. 

 James Horan brings David Clarke and Eoin O’Donoghue into the fray while, Kerry manager Peter Keane has made three changes to his Kerry side with Shane Ryan coming back into goals, Diarmuid O’Connor in midfield and Dara Moynihan in attack. Kerry’s midfield pairing of Diarmuid O’Connor and Jack Barry are familiar with Mayo opposition having helped their side Na Gaeil beat Kilmaine by a point in the Junior Club Football Championship Semi Final in January. 

 Mayo and Kerry matches never fail to entertain, fans entering MacHale Park can most likely expect another clash of epic proportions, let’s just hope the weather conditions don’t cause any extra postponements.

Verdict: Draw

Teams: 

Mayo: 

  1. David Clarke – Ballina Stephenites
  2. Padraig O’Hora – Ballina Stephenites
  3. Oisin Mullin – Kilmaine
  4. Lee Keegan – Westport
  5. Michael Plunkett – Ballintubber
  6. Eoin O’Donoghue – Belmullet
  7. Patrick Durcan – Castlebar Mitchels
  8. Aidan O’Shea – Breaffy (C)
  9. Stephen Coen – Hollymount/Carramore
  10. Jordan Flynn – Crossmolina Deel Rovers
  11. Ryan O’Donoghue – Belmullet
  12. Diarmuid O’Connor – Ballintubber
  13. Kevin McLoughlin – Knockmore
  14. Darren Coen – Hollymount/Carramore
  15. James Durcan – Castlebar Mitchels                          

Kerry: 

  1. Shane Ryan – Rath Mhór
  2. Graham O’Sullivan – Piarsaigh na Dromoda
  3. Tadhg Morley – Teampall Nua
  4. Tom O’Sullivan – Daingean Uí Chúis
  5. Paul Murphy – Ráth Mhór
  6. Shane Enright – Tairbeart
  7. Gavin White – Dr Crócaigh
  8. Diarmuid O’Connor – Na Gaeil
  9. Jack Barry – Na Gaeil
  10. Micheál Burns – Dr. Crócaigh
  11. Seán O’Shea – An Neidin
  12. Stephen O’Brien – An Neidin
  13. Dara Moynihan – An Spá
  14. David Clifford ( C ) – Fosadh
  15. Paul Geaney – Daingean Ui Chuis

Last five encounters: 

2019 Super 8’s: Kerry 1-22 (25) Mayo 0-15 (15), Fitzgerald Stadium, Killarney

2019 NFL Div 1 Final: Mayo 3-11 (20) Kerry 2-10 (16) , Croke Park

2019 NFL Div 1: Mayo 1-10 (13) Kerry 0-11 (11), Austin Stack Park, Tralee

2018 NFL Div 1: Kerry 1-15 (18) Mayo 2-09 (15), MacHale Park

2017 All-Ireland S-F Replay: Mayo 2-16 (22) Kerry 0-17 (17), Croke Park 

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Seán McGinty.

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