Hennelly gets call as Mayo face ’keeper crisis

The Mayo senior football squad has been hit by a goalkeeping crisis ahead of Sunday’s Connacht SFC final with both regular netminders, David Clarke and Kenneth O’Malley, set to miss out through injury.

As a consequence, Rob Hennelly has been recalled to the panel ahead of the historic showdown against London.

Hennelly (23), who was forced to leave the county squad due to work commitments 12 months ago, was invited to resume training last weekend and played in an ‘A’ v ‘B’ trial game on Sunday.

Donal Vaughan (hamstring) is also understood to be facing a race against time to be fit to face the Exiles while Barry Moran is also carrying a knock he picked up in last week’s challenge match.

However, Cillian O’Connor and Mickey Conroy both took a full part in training over the weekend and the duo look set to be named in Mayo’s squad of 26 players.

Keith Higgins has also recovered from his hamstring injury and came through the ‘A’ v ‘B’ game with flying colours.

Meanwhile former Galway star John Divilly has conceded that the Tribesmen are unable to compete at the top level.

Divilly starred in the Galway team that won the 1998 All-Ireland senior football title but admitted that there is now a lack of quality in the county.

Galway were hammered by Mayo in the Connacht championship before stuttering past Division 4 sides Tipperary and Waterford in the qualifiers.

And unless there is a dramatic improvement against Armagh in Salthill on Saturday, they will be dumped out of the All-Ireland series.

Divilly, who is currently managing the Kildare ladies footballers, reflected: “The players are trying their best. But they are just not up to that level at the moment.”

Galway have been crowned U21 All-Ireland champions in two of the last three seasons but Divilly has insisted that the seniors need to show more desire.

He explained: “I’m not going to say that they don’t want it. They do but they are not willing to win the dirty ball. They are not putting their shoulder to the wheel.

“Mayo have bought into whatever James Horan has said and they just fight like dogs for every ball. And we are not at the moment.”


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