Wednesday 18 October 2017

Deegan swaps Boden for Crokes

FORMER Down football star Conor Deegan, who has just stepped down as senior manager with Ballyboden St Endas, is going straight back into club management in the city with their southside rivals Kilmacud Crokes.

Deegan has close connections with Kilmacud as he played for and won Dublin league and championship medals with the Glenalbyn club in the past. He replaces Wicklow man Hugh Kenny. Ex-Crossmaglen manager Tony McEntee has just taken over St Brigid's seniors and former Dublin boss Paul Caffrey has taken charge at Na Fianna.

ERRITY'S NEW OFFALY ROLE

Former Offaly All-Ireland winner Joe Errity is set to take over as the Faithful county's new minor hurling manager.

The Birr man's appointment will not be rubber-stamped until their next county board meeting in the new year but Errity is due to replace John Leahy and will have Pat O'Connor, Ollie Bryant, Seamus Spain and Eamon Hoctor in his new back-room team.

JOHNSTON IN COLD

SEANIE Johnston has not been included in the Cavan football panel for 2014. There had been speculation that his return to home club Cavan Gaels last summer would prompt a quick recall for the county.

However, despite some changes in Terry Hyland's squad for the McKenna Cup, Johnston, who lined out for Kildare last year, is not included.

The panel features only one player from county champions Ballinagh (Niall McDermott) while Michael Lynch and Niall Smith have been recalled alongside newcomer Philip Tinnelly and youngster Packie Leddy.

PANEL IN FACTFILE

ALLEN SALUTES MORAN

LIMERICK hurling manager John Allen has led the tributes to retired county star Niall Moran.

The 31-year-old from Ahane believes that the inter-county game is no place for older or married men anymore. "Playing inter-county is becoming less and less an option for people who are working or are married," said Moran. "It's become far too demanding. Everything has to revolve around it. You're looking now at full-time training."

Moran's brothers Ollie and James were also on the county senior panel when he first joined it in 2003 and he made 44 senior championship appearances for Limerick.

"One Munster senior medal is little reward for someone who gave so much. He deserved more," said Allen, who managed Moran for the last two years.

"Niall Moran epitomised everything that is good about the present Limerick hurling team. He brought a passion, an honesty and a huge intensity to training every time he togged out."

Team-mate Gavin O'Mahony tweeted: "Rooster was an inspiration to us," while Wayne McNamara said it was "a huge privilege" to have played alongside him.

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