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Crumlin can conquer

PLUNKETT'S made the final of last year's Senior B Championship final.

DUBLIN SHC GROUP B

ST OLIVER PLUNKETT'S/ER v CRUMLIN

(TONIGHT, PARNELL PARK, 8.15)

Crumlin advanced to the semi-final in the 'A' Championship.

Both began this season's campaign with victory. Plunkett's defeated Faughs at O'Toole Park. Three goals in the first 12 minutes proved telling. Stuart Mullen was showing the kind of first touch that decorated the Dublin jersey.

The Navan Road half-back line excelled – Aidan Baird, Paddy Bergin and Patrick Curtin. It took Crumlin a little while to get the fire going over at Parnell Park against Ballinteer. But they had eight points to spare at the end.

Adam McGreal got most of them. 0-7, four from play. Wes O'Brien impressed at midfield. Crumlin have a solid back-door. Their accomplished centre half-forward, Conor Murphy, burst forward to rattle in their third goal.A win for either side here and they'll have a big foot, and a few toes, in the quarter-final. VERDICT: Crumlin

 

DOLAN RETURNS FOR WESTMEATH

WESTMEATH have recalled veteran talisman Dessie Dolan to their starting team for this Sunday's Leinster SFC first round clash at home to Carlow (3.30), writes Conor McKeon.

Dolan, who rejoined the county fold this season after a year-long sabbatical, was used primarily as an impact sub during Westmeath's successful promotion campaign from NFL Division Two.

But after scoring 0-3 off the bench during their league final defeat to Derry, the 2004 All Star will now start at top of the left in what looks, on paper, to be Westmeath's strongest possible selection.

Manager Pat Flanagan makes one other personnel change, skipper Kieran Gavin restored to full-back.

WESTMEATH (SF v Carlow): G Connaughton; M McCallon, K Gavin, K Maguire; D Harte, P Sharry, J Gaffey; D Duffy, J Heslin; K Martin, C McCormack, J Dolan; G Egan, D Glennon, D Dolan

KERRY manager Eamon Fitzmaurice has taken the decision to close the doors of Fitzgerald's Stadium for all but a select few of their senior footballers' summer training sessions.

Explaining his decision to break with long-standing Kingdom tradition via the county board's website, Fitzmaurice reasoned: "In recent years as the championship has become more and more competitive, the monitoring of training sessions has become very intense. It has, on occasions, become much more than harmless curiosity.

He added: "The information that such scouting provides can make a difference. The new arrangements are designed to provide our players with the privacy and space to develop and improve over the coming months."

OFFALY footballer boss Emmet McDonnell has axed three players from his panel. Ross Brady, Richie Dalton and Seán Pender have all been dropped after failing to provide a satisfactory explanation for missing a recent training session.

As things stand, none of the three will be involved when the Faithful take on Kildare in Croke Park on Saturday, June 1 (5pm, followed by Dublin v Westmeath/Carlow, 7pm).


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