Saturday 29 April 2017

Callanan can point Munster to Railway Cup title

O’Dwyer: Ruled out through injury. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach / Sportsfile
O’Dwyer: Ruled out through injury. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach / Sportsfile

Michael Verney

Ryan O'Dwyer will play no part in tonight's Railway Cup hurling final against Munster in Semple Stadium (7.45) having suffered a concussion which saw him knocked out for one minute during Leinster's semi-final win over Connacht on Saturday.

Given his history of head trauma, the Dublin attacker, who was the victim of a vicious assault in Birmingham last year, will take a break until the New Year which leaves Leinster manager Ciarán Hetherton with another hole to fill in his side.

With O'Dwyer out and Kilkenny's Colin Fennelly suspended, Hetherton is short-staffed against a star-studded Munster side but he is likely to be able to call on the services of Kilkenny's All-Star duo Pádraig Walsh and Walter Walsh, as well as Wexford's Lee Chin, who hit 1-4 at the weekend.

They face a stiff task, however, with the Munster men featuring five of Tipperary's All-Ireland-winning team in their comprehensive semi-final defeat of Ulster.

Seamus Callanan hit 1-7 operating at full-forward alongside Premier team-mate John 'Bubbles' O'Dwyer, and with players of the calibre of new Tipp captain Pádraic Maher, and Limerick's Shane Dowling coming in off the bench, it shows their strength in depth.

Paltry attendances have dogged the interpros but with plenty of star power on show Anthony's Daly side should prevail in a decent contest. Leinster v Munster, Semple Stadium, 7.45, A Kelly (Galway) Verdict: Munster

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