Wednesday 23 May 2018

Cunningham wheels out big guns to face Kilkenny

Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

GALWAY have wheeled out all of their available big guns for Sunday's Allianz League opener against Kilkenny.

The Tribesmen will start with nine of their starters from last September's All-Ireland final replay and most of their changes are enforced.

Fergal Flannery replaces injured goalkeeper James Skehill, Aidan Harte and Davy Glennon come in for the suspended Andy Smith and Cyril Donnellan, while Niall Healy and Johnny Glynn deputise for David Burke and James Regan, whose club St Thomas' have reached the All-Ireland club final.

The only defensive change from the sides' last meeting is the selection of Joe Cooney, who comes in for Tony Og Regan at centre-back.

Cork will have three league debutants when they take on Tipperary tomorrow night.

Midfielder Daniel Kearney and corner-forward Stephen Moylan both played in the championship last summer but have never started a league game, while Ballygarvan wing-back Stephen White is starting his first major game for the Rebels.


Cork captain Pa Cronin is suspended and they will also be without Jamie Coughlan, who faces a two-month lay-off as he is recovering from hip surgery. Veterans Brian Murphy and Tom Kenny are among their subs.

Tipperary feature just one league debutant in Killenaule corner-forward John O'Dwyer. Eamon O'Shea has selected Padraic Maher at centre-back, with Brendan Maher at left half-back.

Galway footballers have two changes for tomorrow's rescheduled Division 2 game against Louth. Eoin Concannon and Paul Conroy start after impressing against Derry.

Meanwhile, Armagh boss Paul Grimley has said he has no issue with with the decision of Crossmaglen Rangers duo Aaron Kernan and Jamie Clarke to make themselves available for Ulster in Sunday's inter-pro final against Leinster.

"It doesn't bother me. A league match is probably more intense than an inter-provincial game anyway," figured Grimley.

GALWAY (SH v Kilkenny) – F Flannery; J Coen, K Hynes, F Moore; N Donoghue, J Cooney, D Collins; I Tannian, A Harte; J Glynn, N Burke, D Glennon; N Healy, J Canning, D Hayes.

TIPPERARY (SH v Cork) – B Cummins; P Stapleton, P Curran, C O'Brien; D Maher, P Maher, B Maher; S McGrath, J Ryan; S Callanan, N McGrath, P Maher; S Bourke, B O'Meara, J O'Dwyer.

CORK (SH v Tipperary) – A Nash; S O'Neill, S McDonnell, C O'Sullivan; S White, C Joyce, W Egan; D Keaney, L McLoughlin; P O'Sullivan, C McCarthy, C Lehane; S Moylan, L O'Farrell, P Horgan.

Galway (SF v Louth) – M Breathnach; J Duane, F Hanley, J Moore; C Sweeney, G Sice, G Sweeney; N Coleman, P Conroy; E Concannon, M Martin, S Denvir; S Armstrong, M Meehan, D Cummins.

LEINSTER (SF squad v Ulster) – S Cluxton, G Brennan, P Flynn, MD Macauley, C O'Sullivan, B Brogan (all Dublin), K Lillis (Laois), M Quinn, B Gilleran, S McCormack (all Longford), R Barry; G Molloy, B Malone, A Flynn (all Wexford), J Heslin, D Dolan (both Westmeath), J Sheridan (Meath), P Keenan, N Gallagher (both Louth), J Stafford (Wicklow), B Murphy, B Kavanagh (both Carlow), B O'Connor (Offaly).

ULSTER (SF v Leinster) – P McConnell (Tyrone); C McKaigue (Derry), N McGee (Donegal), E McGee (Donegal); A Kernan (Armagh), D Hughes (Monaghan), C McKeever (Armagh); S Cavanagh (Tyrone), D Givney (Cavan); M McHughe (Donegal), M Penrose (Tyrone), Joe McMahon (Tyrone); J Clarke (Armagh), K Niblock (Antrim), C McManus (Monaghan).

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