Monday 26 September 2016

Curran joins Laois set-up ahead of Dubs encounter

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Published 30/05/2016 | 02:30

'The current Clann na nGael boss confirmed to the Irish Independent that he will work as goalkeeping/defensive coach.' Photo: Sportsfile
'The current Clann na nGael boss confirmed to the Irish Independent that he will work as goalkeeping/defensive coach.' Photo: Sportsfile

Shane Curran is the latest high-profile addition to the Laois senior football backroom team ahead of Saturday evening's daunting Leinster quarter-final with Dublin in Nowlan Park.

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The current Padraig Pearses boss confirmed to the Irish Independent that he will work as goalkeeping/defensive coach and joins recent recruit Anthony Cunningham in Mick Lillis' rejigged management team.

Cunningham previously managed Curran at club level with St Brigid's but both face a baptism of fire as the O'Moore men meet reigning League and All-Ireland champions Dublin.

Meanwhile, defending champions South Kerry made no mistake at the second time of asking when seeing off Austin Stacks by eight points in their Kerry SFC Round 2A replay on Saturday evening in Tralee.

Goals from Kerry defender Killian Young and Sean Cournane helped them secure a 2-10 to 0-8 victory, and a quarter-final place, while Stacks will now face West Kerry in the 'back door' round.

The remaining ties see Dingle meet Milltown-Castlemaine, St Kieran's play Rathmore while Legion square off against Kerins O'Rahilly's with the winners joining Dr Crokes, Kenmare District, Mid Kerry and South Kerry in the last eight.

Elsewhere, there was a shock in the first round of the Kildare SFC when last year's beaten finalists Athy fell to Celbridge yesterday, 2-15 to 1-8. There were no such problems for holders Sarsfields, however, as they edged out Carbury by 1-15 to 1-13.

In hurling, Na Piarsaigh got their back-to-back All-Ireland club title hopes on track again after hammering 2006 champions Bruree, 7-22 to 0-2, in round three of the Limerick SHC.

Shane O'Brien's side were in danger of making an early exit after losing their first two group games to Kilmallock and Doon, but bounced back impressively against a Bruree side which finished with 12 players.

All-Star Shane Dowling finished with 2-6, while in the weekend's other major tie 2015 All-Ireland finalists Kilmallock scored the last three points to earn a thrilling 2-18 to 3-15 draw with Ballybrown.

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