James Horan and Mickey Harte have announced their sides ahead of Sunday’s clash. Mayo have named an unchanged side from the beat that dethroned All-Ireland champions Donegal while Tyrone have made two changes from the team that defeated Monaghan.
Mayo were installed as favourites for the All-Ireland following their annihilation of Donegal in the quarter-final. While they entered the clash as favourites, nobody anticipated the extent of their dominance. Their defence has been solid this season and the likes of Lee Keegan and Donal Vaughan have also been very good going forward. Their midfield pairing has been very impressive and the spread of scores up front has also been very useful.
Tyrone have one enforced change due to the suspension of Martin Penrose, who will be replaced by Connor McAliskey, while the other change is in the full-back line where Ryan McKenna replaces Dermot Carlin. Sean Cavanagh will be vital to Tyrone again, while they are also boosted by the availability of Conor Gormley, who had a suspension overturned.
The game will throw in at 3:30 on Sunday. It’s the first semi-final and both sides will fancy their chances of facing either Dublin or Kerry in the All-Ireland final. It will be a contrast of styles as Mayo’s attacking side will face a defensive mind-set of Tyrone. It promises to be a very interesting encounter.
Mayo – 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
|- Mayo – Mayo|
|- Tyrone – Mayo|
|- Draw – Mayo|
|- Mayo – Draw|
|- Tyrone – Draw|
|- Draw – Draw|
|- Mayo – Tyrone|
|- Tyrone – Tyrone|
|- Draw – Tyrone|