Wednesday 21 March 2018

Donegal lose Kavanagh for Lilywhites showdown

Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

RORY Kavanagh has not been named in Donegal's team for today's All-Ireland quarter-final with Kildare. The midfielder has been struggling with the ankle injury that forced him off in the Ulster final and his place, as then, is taken by Martin McElhinney.

Neil Gallagher also holds onto his midfield place, which means there is no spot for Kevin Rafferty, although there is speculation that the Tir Chonaill side may yet feature some late changes.

There was an injury scare over full-forward Michael Murphy when he did not train last Tuesday night due to a hamstring twinge, but he has been passed fit to start and Dermot 'Brick' Molloy is included on the bench after a recent knee injury.

Opponents Kildare have made one change also, bringing in Brian Flanagan to replace Gary White at wing-back. Not surprisingly, James Kavanagh has retained his starting spot in attack and captain John Doyle is again selected at midfield.

Limerick bring in Jim O'Donovan for the suspended Thomas Lee to face Kerry tomorrow.

Elsewhere, Offaly are seeking a new football manager as boss Tom Cribbin has confirmed he will not seek another term in charge after three years at the helm.

Meanwhile, the South Tipperary senior hurling championship final between Carrick Davins and Mullinahone, originally fixed for Clonmel next Sunday, has been called off following the expulsion of Carrick Swans from the competition.

Holders Swans were thrown out of the divisional competition, and the county senior hurling championship by the South board last Monday night after failing to fulfil last Sunday's proposed semi-final replay against Mullinahone.

Swans' case was due to be heard by the Tipperary County Board hearings committee during the week, but has been deferred until next Wednesday evening.

Consequently, the South final has been shelved until a later date, pending the outcome.

Swans pulled out of the Mullinahone replay fixture citing the absence of nine players for various reasons, including illness, injury and holidays. But the club was ejected from the divisional and county championships, while a hefty fine of €3,000 was also imposed.

But Swans will fight these sanctions tooth and nail, with club PRO Sean McDonnell stating yesterday: "We're still of the view that we'll defend or relinquish our (South) title on the playing field.

"First of all we'll be heard by the county appeals committee and if you don't feel you get a fair hearing -- if they don't accede to our request for the match to be played and the punishment the South board dished is not overturned -- we have the opportunity of appealing to the provincial Council."

Irish Independent

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