Monday 11 December 2017

Hurling influx boosts Faithful football squad ahead of date with Red Hand

Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

OFFALY football manager Emmet McDonnell has boosted his options by calling up four members of the county's hurling squad as they prepare to take on Tyrone in the Qualifiers on Saturday afternoon.

Shane Dooley, Sean Ryan, Conor Mahon and Daniel Currams have been added to the panel after the hurlers' exit from the championship following their defeat to Waterford.

Ryan and Currams have previously played senior football for the county while Mahon was involved at underage level but Dooley – the star of the hurling side – is included for the first time.

They could see action this weekend as the footballers lost five players to the US for the summer while Alan Mulhall, David Brady and Anton Sullivan are injured.

Sligo manager Kevin Walsh has been handed a boost with the return to fitness of forward David Kelly for Sunday's trip to Derry.

Walsh's side have been reeling since their shock defeat at the hands of London but Kelly is set to be used at some stage in the game at Derry's new Owenbeg development where Mayo native James Kilcullen is also set to be available.

"I'd be hopeful (Kelly) can play a part, but he was out a long time. The advantage is that he's a lot of work done to get back," said Walsh.

CHANGES

Monaghan manager Malachy O'Rourke has made two changes for Saturday's clash with Cavan in Clones. Drew Wylie and Stephen Gollogly are named at full-back and wing-forward respectively, replacing Fintan Kelly and Owen Duffy. Dick Clerkin has shaken off a hand injury and is named at half-forward.

Following their disappointing showing against Louth in Leinster, Laois manager Justin McNulty has made a host of changes for tomorrow night's trip to Carlow.

Some of those switches are enforced with the departure of Brendan Quigley, Kevin Meaney and Gary Walsh to the US for the summer, meaning Paul Begley, Kieran Lillis, Padraic Clancy, Billy Sheehan, Conor Meredith and David Conway all come into the side.

In hurling, Galway manager Anthony Cunningham has revealed that David Collins will be back for their Leinster final clash with either Kilkenny or Dublin on Sunday week.

The All Star defender sat out the win over Laois due to a hand injury but returned to training this week. "David is back alright, he is training away now and will be ready for the Leinster final," Cunningham said.

Injuries to Tadhg Haran (cruciate) and Aidan Harte (cracked knuckle) spoiled a good week for Cunningham, but news of Cyril Donnellan's return from groin and hamstring injuries eased that.

Finally, RTE have confirmed they will stream the Leinster semi-final replay between the Cats and Dublin on Saturday online from 7.0.

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