Friday 19 January 2018

Evergreen Browne ready to return for Lakemen test

Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

WATERFORD legend Tony Browne is expected to make his first appearance of the season in today's hurling qualifier against Westmeath, just two days short of his 40th birthday.

The man known as the Peter Pan of hurling only rejoined the county panel after the National League and picked up a rib injury in a club game three weeks ago.

But the veteran Mount Sion defender is back fully fit and is expected to get some game-time in Mullingar as another milestone in his extraordinary 22-year senior career beckons.

Meanwhile, David O'Callaghan will start for Dublin in tonight's Leinster SHC semi-final replay against Kilkenny.

'Dotsy' came off the bench for Paul Ryan in last weekend's drawn thriller, but now replaces Conor McCormack in the Dubs' only change. They have no late injury worries.

There is no live television coverage of the clash in Portlaoise (7.0) but RTE are streaming it live on

Elsewhere, London's Mark Gottsche faces a late fitness test on a groin injury to see if he can make tomorrow's Connacht SFC semi-final replay against Leitrim.

Emlyn Mulligan is also doubtful for Leitrim as the sides meet again to decide who will face Mayo in the Connacht final.

Meath boss Mick O'Dowd has made two changes to the team which beat Wicklow for tomorrow's Leinster SFC semi-final against Wexford.

Both changes come in the half-back line as Moynalvey's Padraic Harnan replaces Ciaran Lenihan on the right flank and Mickey Burke makes way for the return of Seamus Kenny on the other.

* The draw for the second round of the football qualifiers will be broadcast live on TV3 on Monday morning just after 8.30 and will pit the winners from Round 1 against the beaten provincial semi-finalists on July 6 and 13.

Irish Independent

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