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Quigley third man to quit Laois for USA

BRENDAN QUIGLEY has become the latest Laois footballer to quit their qualifier cause for a summer in the States.

The experienced midfielder has opted to follow the lead of last year's captain, Kevin Meaney, and Gary Walsh who last week headed for New York in the wake of Laois's dismal ten-point Leinster exit to Louth.

Quigley was an All Star nominee last season on foot of some impressive qualifier displays, but dreams of a similar 'back door' resurrection are fading after a hat-trick of defections.

Manager Justin McNulty said: "I am very disappointed the lads have left the panel after such a bitterly disappointing result, and it's understandable that they feel our prospects are bad in the qualifiers."

LOUTH are set to be without Darren Clarke for Sunday's Leinster quarter-final home clash with Wexford. The experienced forward has already missed their opening romp past Laois with a knee injury, and manager Aidan O'Rourke admitted: "I don't think Darren will make it."

LIMERICK hurling boss John Allen has omitted rising stars Shane Dowling and Kevin Downes from his starting team for Sunday's Munster SHC showdown with Tipperary. Séamus Hickey retains his forward place from the Division 1B league final defeat to Dublin while there are recalls for Seánie Tobin and fit-again captain Donal O'Grady.

LIMERICK (SH v Tipperary): N Quaid; S Walsh, R McCarthy, T Condon; P O'Brien, W McNamara, G O'Mahony; P Browne, D O'Grady; D Breen, J Ryan, S Hickey; G Mulcahy, D Hannon, S Tobin.

FIXTURES

SATURDAY

LEINSTER SHC QUARTER-FINAL

Wexford Park: Wexford v Dublin, 7.0, D Kirwan (Cork) *LIVE RTé2

CHRISTY RING CUP FINAL

(Extra-time if necessary)

Croke Park: Down v Kerry, 4.0, C Browne (Galway).

NICKY RACKARD CUP FINAL

(Extra-time if necessary)

Croke Park: Donegal v Roscommon, 2.0, P Murphy (Carlow).

LORY MEAGHER CUP FINAL

(Extra-time if necessary)

Croke Park: Longford v Warwickshire, 12.0, L McAuley (Antrim).

SUNDAY

LEINSTER SFC QUARTER-FINAL

Drogheda: Louth v Wexford, 3.30, F Kelly (Longford).

ULSTER SFC QUARTER-FINAL

Casement Park: Antrim v Monaghan, 3.30, D Gough (Meath).

LEINSTER SHC QUARTER-FINAL

O'Connor Park: Offaly v Kilkenny, 2.0, A Kelly (Galway) *LIVE RTé2

MUNSTER SHC SEMI-FINAL

Gaelic Grounds: Limerick v Tipperary, 4.0, B Gavin (Offaly) *LIVE TV3.

SELECTION

LAOIS (U2HC v Offaly): E Fleming; D Duggan, G Burke, O Carroll; M Collier, B Duggan, N Unwin; J Ryan, B Conroy; P Purcell, MJ Lalor, S Maher; R King, P Whelan, PJ Scully.


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