Sunday 19 January 2020

White slams Louth players for letting row 'out into open'

Cliona Foley

FORMER Louth star Stefan White has criticised some county players for revealing an internal row about expenses on Twitter this week -- even though the dispute has been resolved.

White has described it as "an unnecessary distraction" ahead of Sunday's vital Division 2 relegation battle with Meath.

"Some of this leaked out earlier in the week but it is a hugely important game for both counties and everything should be focused on the match on Sunday," White said.

"Hopefully this won't take away from the players' mindset -- it's a distraction that we don't need.

"It's something that they've (the players) brought onto themselves and it's very strange because something like that should be sorted in-house and it shouldn't need to be out in the open.

"Once it escalates like that, things get added on to it. It's unfortunate and untimely that it has happened."

Players and county board officials met in the wake of Louth's Leinster U-21 final defeat to Dublin in Navan on Wednesday, and the matter was sorted out.

Frustration

Both sides were keen to deal with it as quickly as it came into the public domain after a number of players took to their Twitter accounts to vent their frustration.

It has emerged that only some of the players have had their expenses unpaid.

Elsewhere, defending two-in-a-row Division 1 champions Cork have made three changes to their side, who need a draw against Dublin to make the semi-finals.

Ken O'Halloran takes over from Alan Quirke between the posts, Graham Canty is back from injury at centre-back and Paul Kerrigan returns to the forwards to replace Mark Collins who picked up a one-game ban against Mayo.

Kerry are already guaranteed of a semi-final spot but have Colm Cooper back for the first time this year in a very experimental team to face Mayo, which includes Kieran Donaghy at midfield and Patrick Curtin at full-forward.

Tyrone, already through to the Division 2 final, make four changes to their team for the match against Monaghan, while Tommy McGuigan is on the bench after a lengthy injury lay-off.

Pascal McConnell resumes in goal, PJ Quinn returns after suspension to replace Conor Gormley at corner-back, Mickey Murphy takes over from Aidan Cassidy in midfield and Owen Mulligan comes in for Niall McKenna up front.

KERRY (SF v Mayo) -- B Kelly; S Enright, K Young, B McGuire; P Crowley, E Brosnan, J Lyne; A Maher, K Donaghy; D O'Callaghan, BJ Keane, J Buckley; C Cooper, P Curtin, K O'Leary.

TYRONE (SF v Monaghan) -- P McConnell; A McCrory, Justin McMahon, PJ Quinn; C McCarron, P Harte, R McMenamin; M Murphy, C Cavanagh; R McNabb, Mark Donnelly, S Cavanagh; K Coney, S O'Neill, O Mulligan.

CORK (SF v Dublin) -- K O'Halloran; R Carey, M Shields, E Cotter; N O'Leary, G Canty, P Kissane; A O'Connor, P O'Neill; F Goold, P Kerrigan, P Kelly; C O'Neill, A Walsh, D O'Connor.

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