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Boost for Daly as Hiney returns

FORMER Dublin skipper Stephen Hiney has moved closer to a Sky Blue return after playing his first competitive match for over 13 months.

Hiney came through a full 60 minutes last night as Ballyboden St Enda's lost to Kilmacud Crokes in the Dublin AHL, prompting a delighted Anthony Daly to say: "Injury-wise, things are starting to come together."

The defensive ace hasn't played since tearing knee ligaments against Wexford in March of last year.

He is the second of Dublin's 'Cruciate Three' to make his club return inside the last week -- Tomás Brady played for Na Fianna last Saturday -- while Conal Keaney would have made his comeback for 'Boden last night but for an ankle aggravation.

Cooney steps aside in Offaly

OFFALY footballers are on the lookout for a new manager after Gerry Cooney resigned following a meeting with his panel last night.

Cooney was only appointed last November, but his reign culminated in relegation to Division Four and Offaly chairman Pat Teehan has accepted his resignation "with regret".

The county board must now find an interim manager for their Leinster SFC opener against Kildare on June 16.