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Kevin Keane back in Mayo line-up for Tipperary clash

Mayo have named Kevin Keane at full-back in their only change ahead of Sunday's All-Ireland football semi-final with Tipperary. Picture by Seamus Loughran

KEVIN Keane has been named to start at full-back for Mayo in their All-Ireland semi-final with Tipperary on Sunday.

The Westport defender had been named to start against Tyrone in the quarter-final but was replaced by Alan Dillon before the throw-in.

With the threat posed by Michael Quinlivan on the edge of the square for Tipperary, it’s unlikely that Stephen Rochford will repeat the move of introducing Dillon.

Keith Higgins, having made his debut back in 2005, makes his 50th championship start and is likely to continue in the more defensive role he played the win over Tyrone.

Cillian O’Connor captains the side and there is again no place for their second top scorer in this year’s Championship, Evan Regan, who has hit 1-20 in five appearances.

Tipperary are expected to announce their team later today.

Mayo: D Clarke; B Harrison, K Keane, K Higgins; L Keegan, C Boyle, P Durcan; S O’Shea, D Vaughan; K McLoughlin, A O’Shea, D O’Connor; J Doherty, A Moran, C O’Connor

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