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Saturday 18 November 2017

Mayo and Rossies hit with fines of €2,000 for U-21 fracas

Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

BOTH the Mayo and Roscommon County Boards have been hit by fines of €2,000 for a half-time incident in their provincial U-21 football semi-final last week.

Roscommon won the game to reach the provincial final against Sligo, but Connacht Council has fined both for a fracas that broke out as both teams made their way into the dressing-rooms at the interval.

Mayo's seniors are sweating on the fitness of Ronan McGarrity, Enda Varley and Alan Dillon for Sunday's Division 1 clash with Monaghan.

Elsewhere Sean Cavanagh's first start in eight months will give relegation-threatened Tyrone a boost in their must-win NFL clash with Kerry tomorrow. Mickey Harte has made seven changes from the side that lost to Galway last Sunday.

Cathal McCarron and Dermot Carlin replace Ciaran Gourley and Martin Swift at corner-back. With Justin McMahon injured, his brother Joe switches to full-back.

Owen Mulligan returns at corner-forward for Jason McAnulla. There's an all-new half-forward line, with Cavanagh flanked by Kyle Coney and Peter Harte and Philip Jordan is back on the bench after a long injury lay-off.

Another sub, Brian McGuigan, has revealed that he could retire from inter-county football this summer.

"In county football, once you hit 30, every year you are thinking of retiring," said McGuigan. "When the year is over, I'll assess it then. But I don't think there are a few years left."

Cork U-21 football star Ciaran Sheehan has retained a place in the senior side's forwards for their trip to Derry tomorrow. James Kielt and Joe Diver both return to the Derry starters.

Derry boss Damian Cassidy has played down rumours of unrest in his squad after they held a team meeting earlier this week following their fourth loss in the NFL.

Cassidy said: "The phrase, 'crisis meeting' paints a ridiculous picture. If people want to try to stir up all sorts of nonsense among Derry supporters they are welcome to do it, but it is as far from reality as I am from the moon."

Derry are joint bottom of Division 1 with Tyrone.

Galway's footballers are boosted by the return of Gareth Bradshaw and Barry Cullinane for their trip to Dublin.

In hurling, Cork have significantly included both of their 'twin towers' in a beefed-up team for their Division 1 clash with the Dubs on Sunday.

Aisake O hAilpin and Michael Cussen have been rotated at full-forward all season, but Cussen, who scored an impressive 2-2 against Waterford, has been retained at full-forward and O hAilpin picked at No 11, the first time they've been used together this year.

As expected Tipperary's hurlers have beefed up their side to play Waterford, bringing in Brendan Cummins, Declan Fanning, Conor O'Mahony, Shane Maher, Lar Corbett, Noel McGrath and John O'Brien into the side that beat Limerick heavily last week.

Irish Independent

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