Mayo make five changes28/02/2013 - 17:10:13
Aidan O'Shea has been listed at centre forward for Mayo's Allianz Football League Division 1 clash with Dublin on Saturday night (throw-in 7pm).
For their first appearance at Croke Park since last September's All-Ireland final defeat to Kerry, O'Shea features on the forty with Jason Gibbons and Barry Moran pairing up in midfield.
James Horan's selection include 11 players who started the All-Ireland semi-final victory over the Dubs last year - they are O'Shea, Moran, Ger Cafferkey, Keith Higgins, Chris Barrett, Donal Vaughan, Lee Keegan, Kevin McLoughlin, Jason Doherty, Enda Varley and Michael Conroy.
From their recent defeat to Tyrone, the Mayo line-up shows five changes, the first of which sees goalkeeper Kenneth O'Malley get the nod over the benched David Clarke.
The fit-again Vaughan and Colm Boyle make up two-thirds of the half-back line alongside Lee Keegan. Varley's appearance as a second half substitute against Tyrone was enough to earn him a recall at top of the right.
Barrett looks like he will be tasked with quelling the influence of Bernard Brogan, while Alan Dillon (recurrence of leg injury) and Cillian O'Connor (recovering from broken collarbone) remained sidelined through injury.
Mayo have won their last two meetings with the Dubs, thrashing them 0-20 to 0-8 in Castlebar during the 2012 league campaign and then prevailing by 0-19 to 0-16 in that All-Ireland semi.
MAYO (NFL v Dublin): Kenneth O' Malley; Chris Barrett, Ger Cafferkey, Keith Higgins; Lee Keegan, Donal Vaughan, Colm Boyle; Jason Gibbons, Barry Moran; Kevin McLoughlin, Aidan O’Shea, Richie Feeney; Enda Varley, Jason Doherty, Michael Conroy.
Subs: David Clarke, Keith Rogers, Tom Cunniffe, Kevin Keane, Michael Walsh, Danny Geraghty, Seamus O’Shea, Alan Freeman, Cathal Carolan, Cathal Freeman, Darren Coen.
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