Sunday 19 November 2017

In Brief: Murphy lashes 'win at all costs'

ULSTER secretary Danny Murphy has lashed the 'win at all costs' mentality he feels is now permeating gaelic games, in his address to the upcoming provincial convention.

He stresses that while the Football Review Committee (FRC) has produced recommendations to change the rules, "it needs to be understood that the rules by themselves will change nothing. We need a change of attitude to the playing of the games," Murphy says.

"We cannot continue to challenge authority, verbally sledge our opponents, treat supporters with disdain and expect to justify everything by the end justifying the means."

Outgoing Munster chairman Sean Walsh used his final address to back the FRC's recommendations for a 'mark' and the pick-up off the ground and said he would like to see a defined Aussie Rules-style tackle.

Meanwhile, despite scoring 0-3 from play on his Kildare debut last week, teenager Niall Kelly has not been named among the Lilies' starters for tonight's clash with Cork.

He has been replaced at centre-forward by Cathal McNally, the player he replaced before throw-in last week, but it is believed that Kelly could yet start in some late pre-match switches.

Elsewhere, Dublin have just one enforced change for their trip to Killarney, with Philly Ryan coming in for Paul Mannion, who was concussed in their defeat of Cork.

DUBLIN (SF v Kerry) – S Cluxton; J Cooper, R O'Carroll, K O'Brien; D Daly, G Brennan, J McCaffrey; MD Macauley, E O Conghaile; P Flynn, D Connolly, P Quinn; P Ryan, P Andrews, B Brogan.

Kildare (SF v Cork) - S Connolly; O Lyons, M Foley, H McGrillen; E Bolton, M Conway, P Kelly; G White, P O'Neill; B Flanagan, C McNally, D Flynn; S Johnston, T O'Connor, J Doyle.

ó Ruairc late show stuns Good Counsel

An injury-time point from Oisín ó Ruairc saw Coláiste Eoin squeeze home in the Leinster Colleges SFC 'A' quarter-final in Bray.

Leading by three points, the Gaelscoil had looked set fair entering added time, but Good Counsel's Donncha O'Connor changed all that with his calm finish after a defensive mix-up. However, ó Ruairc's point eased the Dublin side home.

Scorers – Coláiste Eoin: O Ó Ruairc 1-3, C Ó Cróinín, R Ó Giolláin 0-2 each, S Ó Braonáin ('45'), C Ó Néill, C Ó Ceallacháin (f), C Mac Dúinnsléibhe, C Ó Seanáin 0-1 each. Good Counsel: C Bolger 1-1, D Joyce, D O'Connor 1-0, D Doyle (f), T Foran, P Conway, J St Ledger 0-1 each.

Coláiste Eoin –S Ó Braonáin; C Ó Rian Broin, C Mac Gabhann, B Ó Fallúin; R Mac Giolla Bríde, C Ó Dualacháin, C Ó Duibhir; C Ó Cróinín, F Ó Rian Broin; C Ó Néill, C Ó Seanáin, E Ó Naoire; C Mac Dúinnsléibhe, O Ó Ruairc, C Ó Ceallacháin. Subs: R Ó Giolláin for C Ó Rian Broin, B Mac Cormaic for Ó Dualacháin.

Good Counsel – A Diskin; M Coady, D O'Connor, S Stafford; R Vallego, C Ryan, J St Ledger; P Barden, J Doyle; S Ryan, D Joyce, C Bolger; T Foran, D Doyle, P Conway. Sub: C Dwyer for Foran (44).

Ref – A Lagrue (Kildare)

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