Connacht SFC semi-final
Mayo v Leitrim, Elverys MacHale Park, 2pm

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Last time Leitrim took on Mayo, it was a quarter-final played in atrocious weather at Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada on 1 November last which went the way of the 2020 All-Ireland finalists by a comfortable 2-15 to 0-10 margin.

Only 253 days will have elapsed by the time Sunday's semi-final throws in over in Castlebar so there is little to suggest that the margin will deviate much in that restricted time period.

Cora Staunton, who was speaking on this week's RTÉ GAA Podcast discussed concerns about whether Mayo will be somewhat undercooked if as expected they get to another Connacht final against the Galway side awaiting them, given that they will only have faced Division 2 opponents as well as Sligo and Leitrim.

"They bounced back up to Division 1 pretty quickly but they haven't played any standard of team yet when you look at the opponents they played in Division 2 and obviously now playing Sligo and Leitrim," she said.

"It's Galway now in the Connacht final so that's where you'd be slightly worried that they're not going to be tested going into a Connacht final.

"How good did Galway look the last day against Roscommon, who were very poor and didn't really go out to win the game, so it's very difficult. I do think whoever out of Connacht who lands into the All-Ireland semi-final, it's going to be very difficult because bar the Connacht final, that'll really be their first test."


This is Terry Hyland's third year in charge of Leitrim, with the run to the Division 4 league final in 2019 the big highlight as well as some competitive showings during the Covid-disrupted 2020 Division 3 campaign.

Back in Division 4 this year, Leitrim lost three from three against Antrim, Louth and Sligo in the 'North' section, with the closest game coming against the Ulster side in a narrow one-point defeat in Belfast on 30 May in their last competitive outing before facing Mayo.

Hyland has named his team which features a trio from reigning county champions Mohill.

Leitrim XV to face Mayo: Brendan Flynn; Conor Reynolds, Donal Wrynn, Oisín Madden; Cillian McGloin, Paddy Maguire, David Bruen, Jack Gilheany, Mark Plunkett; Conor Dolan, Shane Moran, Tom Prior; Darragh Rooney, Keith Beirne, Shane Quinn.


Mayo's preparations for the game have been impacted by Covid-19 issues, although the extent of the situation remains unclear.

Their county board released a statement acknowledging that they were currently dealing with the matter: "Mayo GAA are currently working with the HSE on a number of Covid-19 related queries amongst members of the County Senior Football panel.

"Mayo GAA are following HSE guidelines and our Senior team are continuing their preparation for Sunday's Connacht Championship game versus Leitrim."

Thus far, James Horan has made four changes to the side that overcame Sligo in the quarter-final, with goalkeeper Rory Byrne coming in for Rob Hennelly, Padraig O'Hora replacing the injured Lee Keegan, while Michael Plunkett starts at full-back as Oisin Mullin switches to half-back.

Stephen Coen and Bryan Walsh have also replaced Kevin McLoughlin and Jordan Flynn.

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