Monday 1 May 2017

Ronaldson named in Mayo line-up

Top Scorer Mark Ronaldson has been named on the Mayo team to play Dublin on Sunday, writes CLIONA FOLEY.

Ronaldson picked up a retrospective four-week ban from Mayo's last game against Tyrone and was unsuccessful when he sought a hearing mid-week. However, by naming him last night, Mayo signalled their intention to take the matter further.

Tyrone boss Mickey Harte has reacted heavily to that last defeat, making six changes for Sunday's all-ticket clash with Monaghan.

Justin McMahon, who returns from suspension along with Conor Gormley and Martin Penrose, replaces older brother Joe (now serving a four-week ban) at full-back.

Owen Mulligan and Raymond Mulgrew are back in the side after winning an All-Ireland club title with Cookstown, but Kyle Coney has been rested ahead of next week's U-21 championship clash with Derry.

Contrary to expectations, Brian Dooher and Sean Cavanagh are not yet back in the match-day panel but it does include Ciaran Gourley and Ryan Mellon.

Unbeaten Cork make four changes for their trip to Galway, but speculation that Alan Quirke was set to make his seasonal return proved wide of the mark as Bishopstown's Ken O'Halloran starts in goal. Eoin Cotter replaces Noel Galvin in defence, while Noel O'Leary comes in for the suspended Eoin Cadogan and Colm O'Neill replaces Paul Flynn in attack.

Derry are boosted by the return of Paddy and Eoin Bradley and full-back Kevin McCloy for their trip to Kerry.

Limerick optimistic over exiles' return

HOPES remain high in Limerick that more players will break their self-imposed exile from the senior hurling squad and return to training next week. It had been anticipated that James O'Brien's return on Tuesday night would prompt some other players to train last night. That did not transpire, but Limerick officials believe there will be "more movement" over the weekend.

Longford mulling over DRA appeal

Longford will decide early next week whether to request a Disputes Resolution Authority (DRA) hearing over the decision not to refix their league match against Limerick.

On Tuesday night, the Central Appeals Committee (CAC) upheld the decision of the Central Competitions Control Committee (CCCC) that the result -- a Limerick win -- should stand, even though referee Sean Carroll admitted in his report that he was wrong to blow the full-time whistle seconds before Longford scored a goal that would have given them victory.

It was agreed at a Longford County Board meeting on Wednesday night to defer a decision on a DRA hearing until after their Division 4 game against Waterford on Sunday.

Irish Independent

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