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Dowling set for Limerick debut

LIMERICK starlet Shane Dowling will make his debut in Sunday's Munster SHC clash with Tipperary.

The Na Piarsaigh youngster has been named at wing-forward by Treaty boss John Allen with clubmate Kevin Downes starting in the No 14 shirt.

Another Na Piarsaigh man, David Breen, skippers the side. However, Declan Hannon has been held in reserve, despite recovering from a groin injury that kept him out of the league campaign.

Monaghan boss Eamonn McEneaney has handed debuts to Karl O'Connell and Matthew McKenna for Sunday's Ulster SFC clash with Antrim.

However, the Farney men will line out without the experienced pair of Tommy Freeman and Eoin Lennon, who are struggling with injury. Neil McAdam was another ruled out as he has a tendon problem in his hand.

Paul Finlay captains the side from full-forward where he is flanked by Christopher McGuinness and Conor McManus, who is back in the team after recovering from hip surgery. Vinny Corey and Dessie Mone have also recovered full fitness.

Tipperary boss Peter Creedon has presented a first championship start to Michael Quinlivan for Sunday's showdown with Kerry in Thurles.

Quinlivan was part of Tipp's all-conquering minor side of last year and he has been named at full-forward, with Shane Scully also making his bow.

Ronan Clarke has not dismissed the possibility of becoming involved in Armagh's Ulster championship campaign should they manage to overcome Tyrone in their quarter-final meeting on June 10.

The indications were that Clarke had been ruled out of the provincial competition with an Achilles problem which has kept him out of inter-county action for two years. But the 2002 Young Footballer of the Year could make a surprise return.

Elsewhere, Ballyboden St Enda's were sensationally dumped out of the Dublin SHC last night -- they were going for their sixth title in a row, but crashed out at the group stage with a 1-19 to 3-9 defeat to Cuala.

County star Paul Ryan put the champions in front with 14 minutes remaining, but although they were expected to kick on, it was the Dalkey men who responded the better and led by Connolly, David Treacy and the excellent Mark Schutte saw out a famous win that sees them progress alongside Lucan Sarsfields.

Lucan's 2-15 to 1-13 win over St Vincent's booked their place in the quarter-finals and condemned the Marino men to the relegation play-off.

Meanwhile, high-flying Longford are back in action on Saturday as they take on Offaly in a challenge in Cloghan to mark the opening of St Rynagh's new facilities. Throw-in is at 6.30.

Limerick (SH v Tipperary) -- N Quaid; S Walsh, R McCarthy, T Condon; W McNamara, D O'Grady, G O'Mahony; P Browne, J Ryan; D Breen, C Allis, SDowling; G Mulcahy, K Downes, S Tobin.

Monaghan (SF v Antrim) -- M Keogh; D Morgan, V Corey, C Walshe; K O'Connell, D Mone, K Duffy; P Dooney, D Clerkin; M McKenna, S Gollogly, J Turley; C McGuinness, P Finlay, C McManus.

Tipperary (SF v Kerry) -- P Fitzgerald; A Morrissey, P Codd, C McDonald; B Fox, R Costigan, A Campbell; G Hannigan, H Coghlan, L Egan, P Acheson, S Scully; A Maloney, M Quinlivan, P Austin.

Irish Independent