AFL weekend team news

by Setanta Staff , 27 April 2012

All the team news ahead of the weekend's Allianz Football League finals.

Mayo v Cork, Croke Park (Sunday, 4pm)

Cillian O'Connor has been recalled to the Mayo team for Sunday's Allianz Football League Division 1 final against Cork.

O'Connor comes in for Jason Doherty, who started the semi-final win over Kerry.

Cork make just one change for Sunday's National Football League final in Croke Park.

Eoin Cadogan switches from centre back to corner back in place of Eoin Cotter, who drops to the bench. All-Ireland winning captain Graham Canty resumes at number six after recovering from injury.

Aidan Walsh retains the No.14 shirt after passing a late fitness test, while Daniel Goulding is amongst the substitutes.

Mayo Aidan O'Shea, who missed the semi-final win over Kerry, is still not fit and Aidan Campbell, who featured as a replacement in the semi-final is carrying a knock.

Mayo: D Clarke, K Keane , G Cafferkey, K Higgins, L Keegan, D Vaughan, C Boyle, B Moran, J Gibbons, K McLoughlin, A Moran, A Dillon, C Mortimer, C O'Connor, M Conroy.

Cork: A Quirke; R Carey, M Shields, E Cadogan; N O'Leary, G Canty, P Kissane; P O'Neill, A O'Connor; F Goold, P Kelly, P Kerrigan; C O'Neill, A Walsh, D O'Connor.

Tyrone v Kildare, Croke Park (Sunday, 2pm)

Tyrone have made five changes to the team for Sunday's Division Two final against Kildare at Croke Park.

Jonathan Curran, Conor Gormley, Damian McCaul, Aidan Cassidy and Niall McKenna come in.

Curran replaces Pascal McConnell in goal, while Gormley comes in at full-back for the injured Justin McMahon, who has a hamstring injury.

McCaul is at half-back in place of Ryan McMenamin, and Cassidy replaces Mickey Murphy in midfield.

McKenna has been drafted into attack in place of top scorer Kyle Coney, who is out for the season with a groin injury.

Stephen O'Neill moves to the corner.
Tyrone: J Curran; A McCrory, C Gormley, P J Quinn; C McCarron, P Harte, D McCaul; A Cassidy, C Cavanagh; R McNabb, M Donnelly, S Cavanagh; O Mulligan, N McKenna, S O'Neill.

Longford v Wexford, Croke Park (Sat, 7pm)

Wexford have made nine changes to their side for Saturday's Division Three final against Longford.

The decider at Croke Park is repeat of the encounter in the last round of the league series of the competition at Pearse Park three weeks ago, which Longford won by 2-12 to 1-13.

However, both counties were already guaranteed promotion by then, so Model County boss Jason Ryan named an experimental team for that match.

Rob Tierney and Adrian Flynn return in defence for Saturday's showpiece, while Andrew Shore and Daithi Waters are back in midfield.

Redmond Barry, Ben Brosnan, Colm Morris, Eric Bradley and PJ Banville are all selected in attack, so Ciaran Lyng is the only forward to start both games against Longford.

There are six changes from the Longford team that won the dead rubber three weeks ago.

Sean McCormack returns to the Longford team at full forward for Saturday evening's Croke Park match, with James McGivney making way.

David Barden misses out due to ankle ligament damage, so McCormack's younger brother Padraig retaining the No.10 shirt.
Wexford: A Masterson; R Tierney, G Molloy, N Murphy; B Malone, D Murphy, A Flynn; A Shore, D Waters; R Barry, C Lyng, B Brosnan; C Morris, E Bradley, PJ Banville.

Longford: D Sheridan; D Brady, B Gilleran, D Reilly; C Smyth, M Quinn, S Mulligan; B McElvaney, J Keegan; P McCormack, P Barden, N Mulligan, D McElligot, S McCormack, B Kavanagh.
Fermanagh v Wicklow, Croke Park (Sat, 5pm)
Fermanagh manager Peter Canavan believes that victory over Wicklow in Saturday's Division 4 Football League final would give his team confidence ahead of the Championship.

Fermanagh face Down on 3 June in the Championship, and Canavan hopes a win at Croke Park will give the squad a boost.

"It's the last competitive game we are getting before the Down game," he said.

"It comes at a good time in terms of dealing with pressure on the big day."

Fermanagh were beaten 0-11 to 0-9 win by Wicklow in the league, but Canavan says that his side were unlucky not to win the game.

"It was far from easy - it was a game of two halves," he said.

"In the first half, we were dominant and won a lot of possession around the middle and created a lot of scoring chances.

"But in the second half, they made a few changes and it was Wicklow who were winning all the possession around the middle."

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