Monday 29 December 2014

Cahalane shakes off freak injury for Rebels

Published 11/07/2014 | 02:30

Damien Cahalane, Cork, after he was sent off by referee Rory Hickey
Damien Cahalane, Cork, after he was sent off by referee Rory Hickey

CORK dual star Damien Cahalane has been named to start in Sunday's Munster hurling final, despite the freak injury he suffered after last weekend's provincial football final.

Cahalane needed stitches in his heel and a tetanus injection after stepping on a medical vial in the shower after losing to Kerry in Pairc Ui Chaoimh. But he and fellow injury doubt Mark Ellis (knee) have both been named, at full-back and centre-back respectively, in the Rebels' unchanged side from the team that beat Clare.

David Breen's return for the defending champions was the big talking point of Limerick's selection. It's his first appearance this year after knee surgery and though he's usually a wing-forward, he was named at corner-forward in place of Sean Tobin in a team that is otherwise unchanged from their defeat of Tipperary.

For Offaly, Emmet Nolan gets his first championship start at the expense of Ger Healion for their game against Tipperary. Kieran Bergin replaces Ronan Maher in midfield in Tipp's only change.

Mayo football boss James Horan has made four changes to his side for the Connacht final against Galway.

Captain Andy Moran and Alan Dillon start in the full-forward line in place of Diarmuid O'Connor and Alan Freeman and Chris Barrett and Barry Moran are in for the injured Tom Cunniffe and Conor O'Shea.

Galway's are boosted by the return of Paul Conroy to their forwards and Joss Moore to defence.

Tyrone footballers have three changes for their all-Ulster qualifier against Armagh. Justin McMahon replaces the injured Peter Harte, Kyle Coney and Niall McKenna come in for Shay McGuigan and Stephen O'Neill and Joe McMahon is ruled out with injury.

Fergal Flanagan returns for Cavan's footballers and Eugene Keating replaces David Givney at full-forward.

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