Friday 28 July 2017

Cody rings the changes as Cats look to bite back

The 11-time All-Ireland-winning manager makes four alterations with Evan Cody coming in at
corner-back while Walter Walsh, Richie Leahy and Kevin Kelly all start in a new-look attack. Photo by Ray McManus/Sportsfile
The 11-time All-Ireland-winning manager makes four alterations with Evan Cody coming in at corner-back while Walter Walsh, Richie Leahy and Kevin Kelly all start in a new-look attack. Photo by Ray McManus/Sportsfile

Michael Verney

Brian Cody has rung the changes ahead of Kilkenny's trip to Clare in Division 1A of the Allianz HL but the experiment of playing All-Star wing-back Pádraig Walsh at No 3 looks set to continue.

The 11-time All-Ireland-winning manager makes four alterations with Evan Cody coming in at corner-back while Walter Walsh, Richie Leahy and Kevin Kelly all start in a new-look attack. Paul Murphy mans the No 6 spot as they look to get their league campaign back on track.

Clare joint-managers Donal Moloney and Gerry O'Connor will not have the services of Tony Kelly as the Ballyea maestro focuses on next month's All-Ireland club SHC final. Kelly, club-mate Jack Browne and Shane Golden miss out on the visit of the Cats with Oisín O'Brien, recently returned from a cruciate knee ligament injury, David Fitzgerald and Aaron Cunningham replacing them.

Colm Galvin is left out of the match-day squad for the second week running - despite starring for Mary I midweek - fuelling rumours that the former All-Star may not be involved in 2017, while Cathal 'Tots' O'Connell has opted out due to family commitments.

Waterford boss Derek McGrath has recalled 2016 Hurler of the Year Austin Gleeson as the Déise welcome All-Ireland champions Tipperary to Walsh Park tomorrow while Shane McNulty, Gavin O'Brien and Jake Dillon also come in.

Shuffled

Michael Ryan has shuffled the Premier deck with Seamus Callanan, Noel McGrath and John O'Dwyer all dropping to the bench with Dan McCormack, John McGrath and Niall O'Meara preferred, while Joe O'Dwyer and Seamus Kennedy start at the back.

Under-fire Dublin manager Ger Cunningham welcomes back Eamon Dillon and Chris Bennett for their clash with Cork tonight as the Dubs try to bounce back from a 16-point defeat to Tipp.

Elsewhere, Tom Parsons will miss Mayo's Division 1 NFL tie against Roscommon next Saturday due to a one-match suspension.

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