Friday 23 February 2018

Cunningham rings Tribesmen changes for Laois showdown

Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

Galway hurling boss Anthony cunningham has made two changes to the team that lost narrowly to Kilkenny in the league semi-final for their Leinster quarter-final against Laois tomorrow.

Iarla Tannian and Fergal Moore return to replace Joe Cooney and the injured Andy Smith, which frees up Johnny Coen to go into midfield.

David Burke moves up to replace Smith at wing-forward and Joe Canning is selected at full-forward.

Antrim hurlers have made one change – Michael Bradley replaces Simon McCrory in defence – from the side that beat Laois last week for their Leinster quarter-final against Wexford.

However, Kevin Ryan has made several positional switches, most notably Ciaran Johnson from corner-back to midfield and moving Paul Shiels to full-forward.

Sean Quigley – who recently returned to the Fermanagh squad after leaving because his brother Seamus fell out with manager Pete McGrath – is at top of the right for their Ulster SFC quarter-final showdown with Antrim.

Elsewhere, Tipperary have made three defensive changes from the team that won Division 4 of the league for tonight's Munster quarter-final with Limerick. Ger Mulhair and Ciaran McDonald are in the corner-back positions, while Colin O'Riordan comes in at wing-back. They replace John Coghlan, Andrew Morrissey and Donagh Leahy. Mulhair and former All-Ireland-winning minor O'Riordan make their provincial senior debuts.

Former Meath footballer Caoimhin King lines out at wing-forward for the Meath hurlers who take on Kildare today in the Christy Ring semi-final.

Derek Doran replaces Darren Reilly in the only change to Cillian Farrell's team, who are bidding to repeat their Kehoe Cup final defeat of the Lilies after extra-time.

MEATH (SH v Kildare) – C Bird; C Reilly, N McLoughlin, D Donoghue; P Farrell, J Toher, S Whitty; S Heavey, S Morris; C King, S Clynch, J Meyler; W McGrath, D Healy, D Doran.

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