Thursday 19 July 2018

Derry stunned after Bradley gets slapped with costly four-week ban

Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

AFTER last week's impressive opening round defeat of Tyrone, Derry have been hit with a four-week suspension for top forward Eoin Bradley.

Bradley, who scored 0-4 (0-3fs), got a yellow card during last week's victory but it was retrospectively upgraded to a red card and he's been given a four-week suspension, a big blow as they're also currently without his injured brother Paddy, another of their attacking mainstays.

Manager Damian Cassidy has completely re-jigged his attack and has a completely new full-forward line to face Dublin tomorrow.

Joe Diver comes into the half-forwards and Caolan O'Boyle takes over from Bradley at full-forward and he is now flanked by Enda Lynn and Aidan McLoughlin at the expense of Seamus Bradley and Raymond Wilkinson.

Kerry have made two changes to the side who lost to Dublin for their trip to Cork for Sunday's eagerly-awaited All-Ireland re-match with the Rebels.


Brendan Kealy (Kilcummin) replaces Ger Reidy in goal as Jack O'Connor trials the main contenders for the vacancy left by retired All Star Diarmuid Murphy. Elsewhere Padraig O'Connor (Legion) comes in at right half-back instead of Maurice Corridan.

The Rebels make just two changes in personnel and several positional switches from the side who pipped Monaghan first day out and feature nine of their All-Ireland starters.

Paddy O'Shea (St Vincent's) replaces Kevin Murphy in goals and Alan O'Connor comes into midfield at the expense of Fintan Gould.

Murphy and O'Connor are selected at centre-field with Pearse O'Neill and Donncha O'Connor named at centre and full-forward respectively.

Tyrone, stung by their opening round defeat by Derry, make four changes and several positional switches for their home tie with Mayo.

Pascal McConnell, replacing Johnny Curran, makes his first appearance of the year and Sean O'Neill, Davy Harte and Ryan McMenamin, who all came on as subs last week, start in defence while Ronan McNabb, Martin Swift and Colm Kavanagh drop to the bench.

Laois, who beat Tipperary first day out, have just made one direct positional switch for their trip to Donegal, swopping Ambrose Doran to corner-forward in a straight swop with Paul Lawlor.

Wexford, who lost out to Louth in their Division 3 opener, make one change, with Ciaran Lyng restored to their starters and Brendan Doyle dropped to move Collie Byrne to midfield.


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