Monday 24 April 2017

Cats call on Reid and Hogan

Kilkenny manager Brian Cody (p) has reinstated Richie Hogan and TJ
Reid ahead of tomorrow's clash with Clare Photo: Sportsfile
Kilkenny manager Brian Cody (p) has reinstated Richie Hogan and TJ Reid ahead of tomorrow's clash with Clare Photo: Sportsfile
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Kilkenny manager Brian Cody has called in the heavy artillery for tomorrow's Allianz NHL semi-final clash with Clare by reinstating the Hurlers of the Year for the last two seasons - Richie Hogan and TJ Reid - to his side.

Hogan and Reid come in for Liam Blanchfield and Colin Fennelly and they are just two of five changes from the side that hammered Offaly last time out.

Jackie Tyrrell, Joey Holden and Padraig Walsh come into the defence, with Paul Murphy, Robert Lennon and Michael Fennelly making way. Walsh's inclusion in the half-back line sees Cillian Buckley pushed out to midfield.

Conor Delaney, Michael Rice, Joe Lyng and Alan Murphy have all come in to the match-day squad.

Limerick manager TJ Ryan has made three changes to the side that secured a first league semi-final appearance since 2006 when winning in Parnell Park.

Wayne McNamara, Shane Dowling and Graeme Mulcahy lose out - they are replaced by Cian Lynch, Paudie O'Brien and Gearoid Hegarty. Goalkeeper Nickie Quaid captains the side but Declan Hannon hasn't recovered from his ankle injury in time to start.

Waterford's team does not include the sharpshooter Maurice Shanahan, who misses out with a hamstring injury. His place is taken by Darragh Fives.

Elsewhere, Kerry football manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice faces an anxious wait to see if his squad come through a round of club championship games this weekend unscathed.

A round of matches are down for decision in the Kingdom over the next couple of days but the Kerry boss insisted he's not overly concerned that the games come just a week before their showdown with Dublin in tomorrow week's league final.

"It's not a big deal that the lads are playing championship with their clubs this weekend," he insisted.

"Those games are always going to be there and have to be played, and they are big games for the lads, they are big games for their clubs.

"So it's not an issue because it's one of those uncontrollables and the only thing that a manager can do is to encourage the lads to be as professional as they can in their preparation, with regard to getting ready, with regard to warming up and making sure they give themselves every chance to play well.

"If you get a knock, you get a knock and that is just bad luck. So fingers crossed that the lads will come through the weekend."

Dublin U-21 manager Dessie Farrell has made two changes from the side that saw off Kildare in the Leinster final for this afternoon's All-Ireland semi-final clash with Mayo in Tullamore.

Eoin Murchan and Shane Clayton are named in the full-back line as indirect replacements for Declan Monaghan and Glenn O'Reilly.

Kilkenny (SH v Clare) - E Murphy; J Tyrrell, J Holden, S Prendergast; P Walsh, K Joyce, C O'Shea; L Ryan, C Buckley; W Walsh, TJ Reid, K Kelly; J Power, J Farrell, R Hogan.
Limerick (SH v Waterford) - N Quaid; S O'Brien, R McCarthy, R English; P O'Brien, D Byrnes, R Lynch; G O'Mahony, P Browne; G Hegarty, J Ryan, C Lynch; B Nash, K Downes, T Morrissey.
Waterford - S O'Keeffe; S Fives, B Coghlan, N Connors; T de Burca, A Gleeson, Philip Mahony; J Barron, D Fives; K Moran, S Bennett, M Walsh; P Curran, J Dillon, C Dunford.
Dublin (U-21 FC v Mayo) - L Molloy; E Murchan, S Clayton, M Cahalin; C O'Shea, S McMahon, E Smith; A Foley, D McIlgorm; C Basquel, B Howard, K Deeley; C Sallier, C O'Callaghan, D Spillane.

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