Wednesday 1 March 2017

Rebels deny discipline breach behind duo's axe

Michael Verney

Cork all-star Michael Shields. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach / Sportsfile
Cork all-star Michael Shields. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach / Sportsfile

Cork chairman Ger Lane has denied reports that Michael Shields and Ken O'Halloran have been dropped from Peadar Healy's football squad because of a breach of discipline.

Speculation is mounting that two-time All-Star Shields and goalkeeper O'Halloran were removed from the Rebel panel following a discipline breach during their training camp in Portugal last week.

Lane denied the news last night, telling the Irish Independent last night: "There have been no players dropped for a breach of discipline in Portugal. We had a great week's training and the lads really applied themselves."

However, it is understood that the panel was informed of the decision at last night's training session and the possible loss of Shields and O'Halloran would be another significant body blow to Cork following their relegation.

Neither player started Cork's round seven defeat to Kerry but Shields did feature off the bench, only to be shown a straight red card for an elbow just five minutes after coming on late in the game.

Shields, a former AFL rookie with Carlton, is one of the Rebels' most valuable and experienced defenders while O'Halloran was No 1 keeper throughout 2015.

Cavan's bid for Division 2 final success has been boosted with the return of star forward Seanie Johnston for tomorrow's clash with Tyrone. The Cavan Gaels attacker missed their promotion-clinching victory over Galway with a hamstring injury.

Johnston takes over the No 15 shirt from Jack Brady and is the only change in personnel as Cavan look reverse their 0-10 to 0-8 opening round loss to the Red Hands.

Elsewhere, former Galway hurler Johnny Glynn has been named in New York's 40-man football panel for their Connacht opener with Roscommon on May 1 and will not feature for the Tribesmen this season.

Kilkenny have withdrawn from the Leinster MFC, informing the Leinster Council that they will not be fulfilling their commitment in the second round after suffering a 71-point pasting against Wexford last weekend.

It is understood that nearly 20 players turned out for training in the first session after the Wexford walloping this week but the Kilkenny Management Committee, after consultations with the minor management team, have decided to pull out.

Irish Independent

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