Monday 23 September 2019

Fresh worry for Kildare as Flynn joins injury list

Kevin Flynn is another concern for Kildare after the weekend’s club action. Photo: Sportsfile
Kevin Flynn is another concern for Kildare after the weekend’s club action. Photo: Sportsfile
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Kildare manager Cian O'Neill has fresh injury concerns after a weekend of club championship action in the county after defender Kevin Flynn limped out of Celbridge's 0-13 to 0-11 first-round victory over Maynooth on Saturday night.

Flynn joins fellow half-back and team captain Eoin Doyle on the treatment table, meaning that O'Neill faces selection headaches ahead of his side's first-round Leinster SFC clash with John Evans' Wicklow on May 11.

Doyle didn't play for Naas in their loss to three-in-a-row-chasing Moorefield, having injured a hamstring in a challenge game against Roscommon last week.

Former AFL recruit Daniel Flynn played for Johnstownbridge in their win over Carbury but it's understood he is not in line to rejoin O'Neill's squad.

There was better news for the county with the return of Flynn's clubmate Cathal McNally after an achilles injury, while Niall Kelly was back in action for last year's beaten county finalists Athy as they edged out Sarsfields.

Kelly is back in the country after a stint spent travelling and O'Neill left the door open for his return to the squad ahead of the summer. Ben McCormack also featured in that game as he works his way back from a thumb injury.

Meanwhile, Monaghan were handed a boost with the return to action of Niall Kearns over the weekend. Kearns earned an All Star nomination after some brilliant displays last year but doctors discovered a leaking valve in his heart, meaning he required a six-hour surgery.

And he made his first return to action on Saturday night as he lined out with his Sean McDermotts club in their IFL game. He landed three points but couldn't prevent his side going down to a 2-12 to 0-6 defeat.

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His return to action is timely as Malachy O'Rourke is already without Darren Hughes, who is expected to miss the early part of the championship after breaking an ankle on club duty.

Claimed

In Kerry, Austin Stacks claimed the club championship title when they saw off All-Ireland club finalists Dr Crokes.

Elsewhere, in the wake of their league success, Mayo star Jason Doherty has set his sights on a regaining the Connacht SFC title.

James Horan's men won five provincial crowns on the bounce up to 2015 but have fallen short in the last three seasons.

And ahead of the trip to the US to face New York to launch the championship on Sunday, Doherty said: "The first target this year is definitely to win Connacht. We've probably let ourselves down the last three or four years in that competition and we're definitely targeting putting that right in 2019."

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