Wednesday 24 January 2018

D-day for Connolly red-card appeal

Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

DUBLIN are hoping to have Diarmuid Connolly's appeal against the red card he picked up last weekend heard by the Central Hearings Committee tonight.

As it stands, the St Vincent's attacker will miss the All-Ireland final clash with Kerry, and Dublin are keen to conclude the issue quickly as they prepare for their first decider since 1995.

However, Connolly could yet have his case heard by both the Central Appeals Committee and the Disputes Resolution Authority should he decide to pursue all available avenues, meaning the case could run well into next week.

Elsewhere, Davy Fitzgerald's departure from Waterford looks set to be confirmed over the coming days.

The Deise are expected to make a formal statement on the Clare man's future early next week.

Galway have made two changes for Sunday's All-Ireland MHC final clash with Dublin from the side that saw off Clare last time out.

Jack Carr gets the nod to start the clash at full-forward, while Dean Higgins is set to partner Padraic Brehony at midfield.

Carr was introduced at half-time in the win over the Banner, while Higgins came on early in the second half. Dublin boss Shay Boland is expected to confirm his starting line-up tonight.

Meanwhile, a dramatic return to Kerry football does not look on the cards for Tadhg Kennelly after the former All-Ireland winner hinted that he will stay with the Sydney Swans following his decision to retire from the AFL after this season.

After a below-par season, 30-year-old Kennelly admitted that "the time was right" to end his 10-season playing association with the Swans, and while that instantly fuelled speculation about a second return to Gaelic football with Kerry, he sees his future in Sydney in media or a coaching job with the Swans.

Galway (MH v Dublin) -- S Mannion; C Diviney, P Killeen, P Mannion; A Tuohy, S Sweeney, J Hansbury; P Brehony, D Higgins; J Flynn, J Glynn, B Lane; G Donoghue, J Carr, S Maloney.

Irish Independent

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