Mayo expect David Clarke and Tom Cunniffe to face Dublin

Mayo co-manager Noel Connelly says David Clarke and Tom Cunniffe are likely to be available for Sunday week’s All-Ireland semi-final against Dublin.

Mickey Conroy is ruled out for the remainder of the season, having dislocated his shoulder lining out for Davitts at the weekend. The player revealed the news on Twitter yesterday.

Clarke (groin) made way at half-time in the quarter-final win over Donegal, while Cunniffe injured his hamstring in the first half.

“Everybody is fit for selection bar Michael Conroy, which is very disappointing for him and very disappointing for us,” said Connelly, who revealed both Cunniffe and Clarke are expected to line out in Mayo’s A versus B warm-up game on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Kevin Keane’s hearing against his red card in the latter stages of the Donegal game will be heard on Thursday evening.

“The county board are dealing with that, so hopefully Kevin will come through that. I suppose it was an unfortunate incident. We don’t feel there was a whole pile in it. Please God, he’ll get through the appeal with success.”

At this stage three years ago, Connelly and Pat Holmes’ predecessor James Horan made pointed remarks about Dublin’s familiarity with Joe McQuillan, who will referee the teams’ third consecutive championship game. Connelly has no issue with the Cavan referee.

“Absolutely not. We think Joe is a fine referee; a very, very experienced referee, and we’re happy with the selection. And I’m sure he’ll do a fine job.”

About the prospect of playing Dublin in Croke Park, Connelly said: “The lads have played there before and have had a lot of success against Dublin there. Obviously, we lost the All-Ireland as well, but we wouldn’t fear going to Croke Park and playing the Dubs in their own back yard.

“It is a home venue for them and it’s probably worth a couple of points, but we don’t look at it that way. We just hope that we perform on the day and if we do that we should be there or thereabouts, we believe.”

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