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Economic slowdown forces Freeman and McQuaid out of action

FORMER Monaghan captain, Damien Freeman, has left the Farney County squad and will not play again this season.

Freeman, along with Gary McQuaid, has informed manager Seamus McEnaney of his decision to withdraw from the squad, though there is hope that the latter may return before the commencement of this summer's Ulster championship.

"It is a lot to do with work," explained McQuaid. "The work has just run out. It is all very quiet. I wanted a break from it all. Seamus told me to take a few weeks. I am taking a break until after the National League. I will see what happens after that."

Monaghan face Dublin this Saturday night in Parnell Park (7.30).

DUBLIN will play Carlow next Wednesday for a place in the Leinster U21 final after the Barrowsiders comfortably beat Kilkenny last night in O'Moore Park - 1-16 to 0-3.

Former Sydney Swans Aussie Rules recruit, Brendan Murphy, kicked five points from play from midfield, while corner-forward Denis Murphy scored 1-5 (0-3) as Carlow earned their crack at the Leinster champions on St Patrick's Day.

SIMON LAMBERT has been passed fit for Dublin's NHL Division 1 clash with Offaly this Sunday in O'Connor Park, Tullamore (2.30).

The Ballyboden St Enda's man went off injured after 23 minutes of the Dubs nine-point defeat of Tipperary last time out but has since proven his full fitness to manager Anthony Daly and will come into contention when the Dublin management name their team to face the Faithful County tonight.

NEMO RANGERS forward James Masters has pulled out of the Cork football panel for the rest of the season.

Masters, a mainstay of the Rebel attack under Billy Morgan, has failed to nail down a starting spot under present Cork boss, Conor Counihan, and he informed his manager of his decision to leave the squad yesterday.

"James is no longer part of the panel. He informed me that he wanted to step out of the squad and I respect his decision," confirmed Counihan.

GALWAY (SH v Tipperary): J Skehill; F Moore, S Kavanagh, D Joyce; C Dervan, T óg Regan; D Collins; G Farragher, N Cahalan; A Callanan, C Donnellan, A Harte; I Tannian, J Gantley, N Healy.

MONAGHAN (SH v Longford): G Ruddy; P Treanor, P Murphy, A Kerr; D Crowe, A Og McAnespie, J McAnespie; B Phelan, T Hilliard; M Lennon, S Leonard, K Boylan; R Meegan, M McHugh, B McGuigan.