Saturday 29 April 2017

Collins and Flynn miss out for Galway as Cody recalls ace Fennelly

Galway's Jason Flynn
Galway's Jason Flynn

Declan Rooney

David Collins and Jason Flynn have both failed to prove their fitness and miss out on selection for Galway's Leinster hurling final against Kilkenny tomorrow.

Fergal Moore, skipper two years ago, comes in for this year's captain Collins, while Davy Glennon is named at corner-forward instead of Niall Healy, who had replaced Flynn for the semi-final win over Laois.

Promising youngster Cathal Mannion continues alongside Joe Canning in the other corner, and manager Anthony Cunningham is happy to trust his squad.

"Cathal is a massive prospect and so is Jason Flynn. Hopefully Joe Canning is back to his best.

"We have some others there as well so there is always competition for places. David Glennon did well the last day coming back and is really going very well in training," Cunningham said.

His opposite number, Brian Cody, has kept changes to a minimum, but has handed a recall to Colin Fennelly, who was a late withdrawal ahead of the Cats' semi-final win over Wexford.

His replacement that day, John Power, misses out and has to be satisfied with a seat on the bench alongside Lester Ryan, who is named among the substitutes after missing their last-four clash because of an ankle injury.

Dropped

Elsewhere, All Star defender Seamus Hickey has been dropped by Limerick hurling manager TJ Ryan for their SHC first-round qualifier against Westmeath in Mullingar tomorrow.

Captain Donal O'Grady, Declan Hannon, Stephen Walsh and goalkeeper Barry Hennessy have also been left out of their starting 15 after they were dumped out of Munster by Tipperary.

The Premier County hit four goals in the provincial semi-final and as a result Nickie Quaid returns from injury and takes his place in the Limerick goal, while Seanie Tobin is set to start at centre-forward after he served a one-game suspension for his red card against Clare.

Westmeath boss Michael Ryan has made three changes to his side following their injury-ravaged defeat to Wexford in the Leinster Championship.

Niall O'Brien and Robbie Greville return from suspension while Shane Power is fit again following the freak injury he picked in the warm-up prior to that 1-24 to 1-16 loss.

Meanwhile in the football qualifiers, Longford boss Jack Sheedy has made just one alteration to his side for their Round 2A tussle against Clare in Ennis. Wing-forward Padraig Gill comes into the side replacing Peter Foy as they look to build on their impressive win over Carlow last time out.

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