Mayo include O'Connor and Vaughan

Cillian O'Connor and Donal Vaughan have been unsurprisingly drafted back into the Mayo team for Sunday's All-Ireland SFC quarter-final against Donegal at Croke Park (throw-in 4pm).

Mayo include O'Connor and Vaughan

Cillian O'Connor and Donal Vaughan have been unsurprisingly drafted back into the Mayo team for Sunday's All-Ireland SFC quarter-final against Donegal at Croke Park (throw-in 4pm).

The pair were both used as substitutes in the facile Connacht final victory over London with O'Connor scoring 3-3 in the second half. The two-time Young Footballer of the Year has fully recovered from a shoulder injury and will start at corner forward this weekend.

O'Connor's return sees Darren Coen drop to the bench, while Vaughan's inclusion at centre back allows Keith Higgins revert to the left corner with Chris Barrett the player to make way in defence.

They are the only two changes manager James Horan has made to the side that beat London by 5-11 to 0-10 in Castlebar. The recently recalled Rob Hennelly continues in goal as regular net minders David Clarke and Kenneth O'Malley both remain injured.

Clarke is one of six absentees from the Mayo team that started last September's All-Ireland final loss to Donegal - the injured Michael Conroy (hamstring) and Sunday substitutes Kevin Keane, Barry Moran, Jason Doherty and Enda Varley are the others to miss out.

Donegal were four-point winners of the 2012 All-Ireland decider, aided by early goals from Michael Murphy and Colm McFadden, while Mayo posted a 1-10 to 0-9 win when the sides met in the league in March.

The Connacht champions have won four of the eight previous All-Ireland quarter-finals they have contested, and Horan believes that his 2013 model is superior to last year's squad.

"I think we've a stronger team, a stronger panel. I think we've a better understanding of our game, and what's needed to play at the top level. We've a lot more experience under our belt," he told the Mayo News.

"What you see is what you get with Donegal...they'll play their game and we'll play ours, we can't wait to get cracking."

MAYO (SFC v Donegal): Rob Hennelly; Tom Cunniffe, Ger Cafferkey, Keith Higgins; Lee Keegan, Donal Vaughan, Colm Boyle; Aidan O'Shea, Seamus O'Shea; Kevin McLoughlin, Richie Feeney, Alan Dillon; Cillian O'Connor, Alan Freeman, Andy Moran.

Subs: Brendan Walsh, Shane McHale, Michael Walsh, Kevin Keane, Barry Moran, Enda Varley, Chris Barrett, Cathal Carolan, Darren Coen, Jason Doherty, Jason Gibbons.

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