Wednesday 28 June 2017

Dubs hopeful on Kelly as Corbett and McGrath start for Premier

Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

Unbeaten Dublin, who face Galway in the Allianz National Hurling League Division 1 on Sunday, left a vacancy at left corner-back last night as they awaited news on Peter Kelly's appeal against a four-week ban.

But Paul Schutte has come in to replace cruciate victim Stephen Hiney and Conal Keaney is also back from illness at centre-forward, with Johnny McCaffrey taking over the captaincy from Hiney.

Tipperary hurlers show four changes from the team that defeated Offaly in the last round and give Shane Bourke his first league start against Cork as he and Paddy Stapleton, Shane McGrath and Lar Corbett come in to replace Eddie Connolly, Paul Kelly and the injured duo of Brendan Maher and Eoin Kelly.

Cork feature six changes for this weekend's big league clash with the All-Ireland champions, which will be a rehearsal for their Munster clash at the end of May.

The Rebels' defence features six of their championship defenders last summer, the only absence being the now-retired Sean Og

O hAilpin. Shane Murphy, Eoin Cadogan and Ronan Curran all return this week, but Glen Rovers' Stephen McDonnell retains a corner-back slot and Brian Murphy is on the wing.

After narrowly losing to Waterford two weeks ago, Cathal Naughton, Ben O'Connor and Michael Cussen come into the forward line at the expense of Niall McCarthy, Patrick Horan and Paudie O'Sullivan.

Wexford, who face Offaly in a relegation battle between Division 1's scoreless bottom two, have Keith Rossiter back at corner-back, while Ciaran Kenny moves to the wing at Brendan Hobbs' expense. David Redmond returns to midfield to replace Brendan Doyle while PJ Nolan, who did well off the bench against Dublin, starts at wing-forward in place of Tomas Waters.

Offaly will be without the suspended Brian Mulrooney, but they will have Shane Dooley back after missing the loss to Tipperary.

Laois hurling boss Brendan Fennelly has made one change for their Division 2 meeting with Down, bringing Neil Foyle into full-forward in place of John Purcell.

Down and Tyrone's U-21 footballers have been given a week's break before they meet for the third leg of their long-running championship saga.

Ulster Council has fixed the second replay of their Ulster U-21 quarter-final for next Wednesday, allaying fears it would be replayed this weekend and force them to play three games with two periods of extra-time within one week.

As a result, the second semi-final between the winner and Monaghan has been deferred to Wednesday, April 6 and the final will not take place until April 14.

Irish Independent

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