Monday 16 December 2019

Fitzpatrick and Reid drafted straight back in to Cats' line-up

Cliona Foley

KILKENNY hurlers have wasted no time getting Ballyhale stars James 'Cha' Fitzpatrick and TJ Reid back into their line-up, just over a week after winning their fifth All-Ireland club title.

Henry Shefflin has been given another few weeks' rest, while Martin Comerford also makes his return after his honeymoon and Michael Kavanagh, who led St Lachtain's to an All-Ireland intermediate title, is also among their subs to face Galway in Nowlan Park tomorrow.

Niall Walsh (Slieverue), an All-Ireland U-21 winner in 2008, makes his NHL debut at midfield, but JJ Delaney, Michael Fennelly, Richie Hogan and Eddie Brennan are out.

Elsewhere, after suffering a 22-point defeat last week, but getting a strong endorsement from the clubs at this week's dramatic county board vote, Limerick hurling boss Justin McCarthy has made two personnel changes and several switches to his side who face Offaly.

Anthony Owens and Richard McKeogh, who both scored off the bench last week, start in the full-forward line at Conor Mullane and Alan O'Connor's expense, and Paudie McNamara and Dean Madden start in the half-forwards.


Wexford's hurlers, shocked by Carlow in Division 2 last week, give Paul Morris a league debut at corner-forward in place of Jim Berry and have Rory Jacob and Ritchie Kehoe back to face Andy Comerford's Kildare.

After last week's defeat by Kilkenny, Dublin hurling manager Anthony Daly makes just one change to his side for tomorrow's visit from Division 1 table-toppers Cork. Liam Rushe's return from a dead leg sees multiple switches that result in Tomas Brady returning to full-back and Ronan Fallon dropping to the bench.

Kieran McGeeney continues to shuffle the Kildare deck with five changes being made for tonight's clash with Laois. Dermot Earley come back into the team in place of Hugh Lynch, and Damien Hendy.

Donegal have made two changes to the team that edged out Tipperary for tonight's game against Meath at Ballybofey.

Manager John Joe Doherty has named Frank McGlynn at left half-forward, with Barry Dunnion switching to the right side and David Walsh dropping to the bench. out. McGlynn will be accompanied by Naomh Naille's Stephen Griffin at corner-forward as he comes in for Adrian Hanlon.

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