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Cillian O'Connor named in Mayo team for All-Ireland final

James Horan has named an unchanged starting XV for Sunday’s final against Dublin.

O'Connor: played just 11 minutes against Tyrone before going off injured.
O'Connor: played just 11 minutes against Tyrone before going off injured.
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Updated 15.42

CILLIAN O’CONNOR HAS been named in the Mayo team for Sunday’s All-Ireland football final against Dublin.

The two-time Young Player of the Year was manager James Horan’s biggest concern and faced a race against time after dislocating his shoulder against Tyrone last month.

O’Connor, who missed a large part of the league campaign and the Connacht semi-final with a similar injury, was substituted after just 11 minutes.

But he has proven his fitness and is set to start at corner-forward alongside Alan Freeman and captain Andy Moran.

His inclusion means that it is an unchanged Mayo side from their 1-16 to 0-13 win against Tyrone in the semi-finals last month.

Keith Higgins is again named in the half-forward line while Footballer of the Year favourite Aidan O’Shea partners brother Seamus in midfield.

Dublin are expected to name their team after training tomorrow night.

Mayo (SF v Dublin): Robert Hennelly (Breaffy); Tom Cunniffe (Castlebar Mitchels), Ger Cafferkey (Ballina Stephenites), Chris Barrett (Belmullet); Lee Keegan (Westport), Donal Vaughan (Ballinrobe), Colm Boyle (Davitts); Aidan O’Shea (Breaffy), Seamus O’Shea (Breaffy); Kevin McLoughlin (Knockmore), Keith Higgins (Ballyhaunis), Alan Dillon (Ballintubber); Cillian O’Connor (Ballintubber), Alan Freeman (Aghamore), Andy Moran (capt, Ballaghaderreen).

– Originally published 15.26

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