Tuesday 27 September 2016

Rossies on the road as Cork ring changes for Dubs clash

Michael Verney

Published 04/03/2016 | 02:30

Dublin boss Ger Cunningham has ruled Tipp native Ryan O’Dwyer (pictured) out of his plans for the remainder of the league with the centre-forward still recovering from a late-night assault in Birmingham last October. Photo: Sportsfile
Dublin boss Ger Cunningham has ruled Tipp native Ryan O’Dwyer (pictured) out of his plans for the remainder of the league with the centre-forward still recovering from a late-night assault in Birmingham last October. Photo: Sportsfile

Roscommon will give up home advantage and travel to Longford for their Allianz NFL round four clash with Down this Sunday (2.0) after their request to have the game switched to Kiltoom was denied by Croke Park and the CCCC.

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With Dr Hyde Park deemed unplayable, Roscommon chiefs hoped to play in their secondary county grounds, St Brigid's in Kiltoom, but given the expected attendance and the restricted capacity they were forced to travel to Pearse Park in Longford instead.

Their only change for that clash sees Conor Daly replace his brother Niall, while elsewhere, Peter Harte will make his first league start of the season when Tyrone face Derry tomorrow evening after recovering from an ankle injury.

Other changes include Kieran McGeary, Richie Donnelly and Connor McAliskey all coming into attack, while Mickey Harte also names Ronan McNamee at full-back and Rory Brennan comes in for Justin McMahon at centre-back.

And in goal, Niall Morgan replaces Mickey O'Neill, who kept a clean sheet in the win over Laois last weekend, as leaders Tyrone search for their fourth straight league success and they bid to bounce back to Division 1.

In hurling, Dublin boss Ger Cunningham has ruled Tipp native Ryan O'Dwyer (above) out of his plans for the remainder of the league with the centre-forward still recovering from a late-night assault in Birmingham last October.

O'Dwyer may not return until May, leaving him in a race to be ready for the Leinster SHC quarter-final against Wexford but Cunningham is pleased with his progress thus far.

"He's doing brilliant, fantastic. He's going by the protocols, by the book, and is doing what he's being told by the medical people," he said.

"He's not rushing it and while at times he's frustrated and wants to get back a bit sooner, his attitude is great and sticking to the protocols and procedures will pay off."

Cunningham also has no doubt that Kieran Kingston will turn around the fortunes of his native Cork ahead of tomorrow's Allianz NHL Division 1A Croke Park clash.

Kingston has wielded the axe after their second successive defeat and welcomes back All-Star attacker Seamus Harnedy in one of six switches. Three changes in defence see Killian Burke, Mark Ellis and Cormac Murphy all included, while Patrick Cronin and Stephen Moylan start up front.

In Galway, All-Star goalkeeper Colm Callanan is expected to miss crucial NHL ties against Kilkenny and Tipperary due to a knee injury.

CORK (SH v Dublin) - A Nash; K Burke, C Joyce, S McDonnell; D Cahalane, M Ellis, C Murphy; D Kearney, B Lawton; B Cooper, S Harnedy, P Cronin; C Lehane, S Moylan, P Horgan.

DERRY (SH v Carlow) - D McDermott; D McCloskey, S McCullagh, E McGuckin; C McSorley, P Kelly, M McGrath; O McCloskey, T McCloskey; J O'Dwyer, M McGuigan, G O'Kane; S Farren, R Convery, P Cleary.

KERRY (SH v Clare) - M Stackpoole; S Weir, B Murphy, K Carmody; D Collins, T Casey, T Murnane; P Kelly, J Griffin; S Nolan, M O'Leary, C Harty; J Egan, M Boyle, J Goulding.

WATERFORD (SF v Wexford) - S Enright; T Ó hUallacháin, M O'Gorman, J McGrath; B Looby, S Prendergast, R O Ceallaigh; T Prendergast, C Prunty; G Crotty, D Breathnach, P Hurney; S Corcoran, J Veale, P Whyte.

TYRONE (SF v Derry) - N Morgan; A McCrory, R McNamee, C McCarron; B Tierney, R Brennan, T McCann; C Cavanagh, M Donnelly; K McGeary, P Harte, R Donnelly; C McAliskey, S Cavanagh, R O'Neill.

ROSCOMMON (SF v Down) - G Claffey; S McDermott, N Collins, N McInerney; C Daly, S Purcell, D Murray; E Smith, I Kilbride; F Cregg, C Murtagh, C Devaney; C Connolly, S Kilbride, C Cregg.

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