Sport Gaelic Football

Tuesday 12 December 2017

Bitter defeat for Moynihan

Seamus Moynihan's return to the East Kerry team ended in disappointment yesterday.

Darran O'Sullivan's Mid Kerry outfit recorded a five-point win over their rivals in the county championship semi-final in Fitzgerald Stadium. Moynihan only went back training with the divisional side last Tuesday but had been showing great form with his club Glenflesk recently and was introduced in the early stages of yesterday's game.

The four times All-Ireland winner hadn't played with East Kerry since 2008 and was one of their biggest stars in the late 90s when they won three county titles in a row.

The win for Mid Kerry means that Darran O'Sullivan may have to choose between his club and his country as the Kerry county final showdown with Dr Crokes, who beat West Kerry yesterday, is set to clash with the International Rules trip to Australia.

The Ireland squad are due to depart next Saturday and the Kerry final is scheduled for the following week.

O'Sullivan will hope that the county board bring the final forward by a week to accommodate him.

ó hAilpín back in Rebels fold

Sean Óg Ó hAilpín has been recalled to the Cork hurling panel for the coming season by new manager Jimmy Barry-Murphy.

Ó hAilpín was controversially dropped 12 months ago by former Cork boss Denis Walsh. The 32-man training squad, which was announced yesterday, also features Ben O'Connor but his twin brother Jerry has retired after a decade on the Cork team.

Darby out of Offaly running

Stephen Darby has become the latest to rule himself out of the running for the Offaly football manager's job, following Jack Sheedy and Tom Coffey in withdrawing from the race to replace Tom Cribbin.

Speaking to Midlands 103, Darby cited his dissatisfaction with the interview board's requirement that he make additions to his proposed management team as the reason for his withdrawal.

The Offaly footballers have been without a manager since Cribbin stepped down in July.

Elsewhere, Clare hurler Gerry Quinn has announced his retirement from inter-county duty. The 30-year-old, who has lined out at wing-back for the Banner for over a decade, decided to call it a day before training for the new season gets under way.

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