Tuesday 21 November 2017

Carew gives unchanged Sligo line-up chance of 'redemption'

Sligo manager Niall Carew decides to start with the same 15 players who started in the Connacht final in their Round 4B qualifier against Tyrone
Sligo manager Niall Carew decides to start with the same 15 players who started in the Connacht final in their Round 4B qualifier against Tyrone

Daragh Small

Sligo manager Niall Carew has offered the same 15 players who started in the Connacht final a chance at 'redemption' in their Round 4B qualifier against Tyrone at Croke Park today.

Sligo were hammered 6-25 to 2-11 by Mayo in the Connacht final at Dr Hyde Park on July 19.

They went into that game full of optimism after a shock semi-final win over Roscommon but faltered on the big stage.

And Carew is giving his troops another chance to prove themselves after the provincial decider. "The big thing for us as management is that we want to give the players a chance at redemption," he said.

"But we know it is a massive ask - it is a team that was playing in Division 1 this year against a Division 3 side.

"The more opportunities you get to play at this level in the final 12 of the All-Ireland and provincial finals, it can only make you a better team."

Meanwhile, Anthony Thompson replaces the injured Karl Lacey for Donegal as Rory Gallagher makes just one alteration to his side for their qualifier tie against Galway at headquarters.

The 2012 All-Ireland champions came up short in the Ulster final, losing by a point to Monaghan, and face a difficult test against a resurgent Tribesmen outfit.

The loss of 2012 Player of the Year Lacey to a knee injury is a massive blow to their chances but they are still favourites to progress to the quarter-final.

Kildare boss Jason Ryan has stuck with those who served him so well last weekend for their All-Ireland quarter-final clash with Kerry at Croke Park tomorrow.

Star man Niall Kelly continues at centre-forward after shooting 1-4 from play as they romped to a 1-21 to 1-13 win over Cork at Semple Stadium.

Dublin's Jim Gavin is another manager sticking to the tried and trusted - naming the same starting 15 that beat Westmeath for their clash with Fermanagh.

Sligo (SF v Tyrone) - A Devaney; R Donovan, K McDonnell, D Maye; K Cawley, B Egan, E Flanagan; C Breheny, N Murphy; B Curran, M Breheny, N Ewing; D Kelly, P Hughes, A Marren.

Dublin (SF v Fermanagh) - S Cluxton; J Cooper, R O'Carroll, P McMahon; J McCarthy, C O'Sullivan, J McCaffrey; B Fenton, MD Macauley; P Flynn, C Kilkenny, D Connolly; D Rock, K McManamon, B Brogan.

Donegal (SF v Galway) - P Durcan; P McGrath, N McGee, E McGee; R McHugh, A Thompson, F McGlynn; N Gallagher, M McElhinney; C Toye, O MacNiallais, M McHugh; P McBrearty, M Murphy, C McFadden.

Kildare (SF v Kerry) - M Donnellan; C Fitzpatrick, M O'Grady, O Lyons; K Murnaghan, E Doyle, E Bolton; T Moolick, P Cribbin; E O'Flaherty, N Kelly, P O'Neill; E Callaghan, A Smith, C McNally.

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