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Rebels delay call on injured Canty

THE decision on Graham Canty's participation in Sunday's All-Ireland SFC has been postponed until tomorrow night after the Rebel captain was left out of an internal training match on Saturday.

Canty's hamstring injury has been the source of intense speculation on Leeside since he aggravated the problem and was withdrawn against Dublin in the semi-final though manager, Conor Counihan, had hinted last week that he would partake in Saturday's run-out.

However, as a precautionary measure, both Canty and and fellow injury doubt, Fintan Goold, were left out of the match though Cork are more optimistic about the latter's chances of being fit in time for Sunday.

"He didn't play on Saturday," confirmed selector, Ger O'Sullivan of Canty. "We just decided that the hamstring was a bit tight and that we would leave him out."

O'Sullivan also revealed that a fitness test would be conducted on Canty tomorrow night at training and that the Bantry Blues man would have to prove his ability to play by then. Goold, meanwhile, was also left out though O'Sullivan stressed that he would be OK, if needed, to play some part on Sunday.

Cork's only other injury worry is veteran defender, Anthony Lynch, who has yet to play any part this year and featured only as a 'maor uisce' in the Dublin match but had hoped to make himself available for the final. Counihan stopped just short of ruling Lynch out completely for a spot on the bench but after aggravating a calf injury, he also sat out Saturday's match and looks set to miss out again.

KERRY: Dr Crokes beat West Kerry by 1-8 to 0-5 in Austin Stack Park on Saturday to book their spot in the Kerry SFC semi-final but the win came at a cost after their goal scorer and Kingdom senior attacker, Kieran O'Leary, broke his leg. Champions, South Kerry, and Austin Stacks are also through to the last four after victories over Kilcummin and Rathmore respectively.

MEATH: Defending champions, Seneschalstown will meet Skryne in the county final after a weekend of semi-final action. Joe Sheridan kicked three points for the former as they edged past Rathknenny by 0-10 to 0-8, though they needed late scores from Brian Sheridan and James Conlon to make full sure.

Skryne, meanwhile had just a single point to spare but eventually overcame Dunboyne by 2-9 to 2-8. Mark Battersby claimed a goal in either half for the winners though they were pegged back on each occasion and Ger Robbins' late penalty for Dunboyne left the minimum between the teams but Skryne managed to hang on to advance.

WICKLOW: Yet another Garden County Board investigation is imminent after one Intermediate championship match was abandoned and another was marred by five red cards. Referee, Gareth Whelan, called off the clash of Shillelagh and Ashford at half-time due after receiving a volley of verbal abuse having sent off a player from either team while Eddie Leonard brandished five red cards in the match between Aughrim and éire óg.

In the senior football championship, champions, Rathnew qualified for their 14th county final in 17 years after beating Blessington by 1-12 to 0-10 in Aughrim while Baltinglass will meet St Patrick's in the remaining semi-final.

WEXFORD: Matty Forde inspired Kilanerin to a 1-11 to 0-9 win over St Anne's and in doing so, set up a county final clash with Castletown.

DUBLIN: The quarter-final draw of the Evening Herald Dublin SFC will take place tomorrow evening (6.30) in Parnell Park.


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