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O'Callaghan boost for Daly's Dublin

DAVID O'CALLAGHAN could be in line for a Sky Blue return this weekend, having come off the bench for UCD as the Belfield boys were squeezed out of the Fitzgibbon Cup by a Joe Canning-inspired Limerick IT.

The injured 'Dotsy' was forced to sit out the Dubs' NHL opener against Waterford last Sunday, but he was fit enough to come on after 39 minutes of yesterday's Fitzgibbon quarter-final in Limerick, which the home college won, 1-15 to 2-9.

Anthony Daly has yet to announce his team to face Tipperary at Parnell Park on Sunday, but O'Callaghan could well feature in some capacity.

Meanwhile Dublin's embattled defence - doubtless still stung by their four-goal concession against Waterford - must try and tame a potent Tipp attack which includes Seamus Callanan at centre-forward and a deadly inside trio of Noel McGrath, Eoin Kelly and Lar Corbett.

Liam Sheedy has made two changes from the team picked for the twice-postponed showdown with Kilkenny, as Darren Gleeson gets a run between the posts in place of the rested Brendan Cummins, while Conor O'Mahony resumes at half-back instead of Declan Fanning.

SYDNEY SWANS coach Paul Roos has urged St Kilda's Tommy Walsh to "take his time" when it comes to learning his new code of AFL, and most importantly ignore the inevitable comparisons t o other successful Irish recruits and Martin Clarke in particular.

Walsh was named in an extended St Kilda squad to face Collingwood in round one of the NAB cup last weekend but didn't feature. This week he was excluded from the squad named to face the Swans in round two of the pre-season tournament.

"There's a lot of pressure on him," Roos said. "The expectation is greater because he's the first player who's won an All-Ireland to come out here. What I would say to him is to take his time and not worry."

WATERFORD (SH v Galway): A Power; J Maher, L Lawlor, N Connors; D Prendergast, M Walsh, J Murray; J Neagle, R Foley; M Shanahan, K Moran, T Connors; S Walsh, G Hurney, S Molumphy.

TIPPERARY (SH v Dublin): D Gleeson; C O'Brien, P Curran, B Maher; P Maher, C O'Mahony, S Maher; B Dunne, S McGrath; S Hennessy, S Callanan, H Maloney; N McGrath, E Kelly, L Corbett.

LIMERICK (SH v Cork): T Flynn; D Lynch, D Kenny, S O'Neill; L O'Dwyer, A Brennan, M Carr; N Quaid, P Browne; B O'Sullivan, A Owens, C Mullane; G Mulcahy, P McNamara, A O'Connor.

CORK (SH): M Coleman; S O'Neill, E Cadogan, C O'Sullivan; B Murphy, R Curran, R Ryan; J Gardiner, T Kenny; F O'Leary, M O'Sullivan, G Calnan; K Murphy, M Cussen, P Horgan.

WEXFORD (SH v Down): D Flynn; E Doyle, P Roche; K Rossiter; D Stamp, C Kenny, R Kehoe; PJ Nolan, M Travers; A Shore, W Doran, D Lyng; R Jacob, T Waters, J Berry.

LAOIS (SH v Clare): P Carroll; J Delaney, D Maher, C Dunne; M Whelan, B Campion, M McEvoy; C Delaney, B Dunne; E Jackman, J Rooney, W Hyland; E Costello, J Brophy, J Purcell.

FINGAL (SH v Sligo): W Bourke; P Coyne, D Markey, N Ring; M Cussen, D Vaughan, B Powell; R McGarry, D de Burca; C Foley, M Ormonde, P McAllister; E McCabe, P Daly, C O'Mahony.

WEXFORD (SF v Carlow, O'Byrne Shield final): J Russell; D Walsh, J Wadding, D Carter; K Kennedy, E Bradley, D Kehoe; D Waters, B Doyle; C Deely, C Byrne, P Naughter; B Brosnan, A Flynn, PJ Banville.


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