Mayo host Dublin at MacHale Park on Saturday evening in the Allianz Football League Division 1. The encounter sees the last two losing finalists in the league competing against each other.
Mayo have not won the league since 2001, but morale in the county is high after an impressive run in last year’s All-Ireland. The Connaught side have also enjoyed a good start to the season, winning the FBD league and beating Laois 1-11 to 0-8 in their league opener. Alan Freeman scored 1-2 for Mayo last week, while Conor Mortimer scored 0-5 with four points from frees.
As opposed to the Mayo sides of the 1990s, Mayo now boasts a host of attacking options, with Freeman, Mortimer, Alan Dillon, Andy Moran and Barry Moran making up a talented forward line.
Dublin, conversely, endured a disappointing opening to their league campaign. Pat Gilroy’s charges suffered a 1-14 to 0-11 home defeat to Kerry in a repeat of last year’s All-Ireland final.
Gilroy was critical of his side after the match, but Dublin are still in the early, experimental stages of the campaign. The Dubs will be hoping to get their league campaign back on track with a win over Mayo.
Dublin have made one change to the side that lost to Kerry last weekend. Fingal Ravens’ Darren Daly comes into the starting line-up and replaces the injured Mick Fitzsimons, who aggravated a shoulder injury against Kerry. Alan and Bernard Brogan are available and may start on the bench.
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1. Stephen Cluxton, 2. Darren Daly, 3. Rory O’Carroll, 4. Philly McMahon, 5. James McCarthy, 6. Ger Brennan, 7. Craig Dias, 8. Ross McConnell, 9. Michael Darragh Macauley, 10. Paul Brogan, 11. Kevin McManamon, 12. Bryan Cullen (captain), 13. Diarmuid Connolly,14. Eoghan O’Gara, 15. Tomás Quinn