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Galway captain David Burke lifts the Liam MacCarthy Cup after the 2017 GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship final. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Galway captain David Burke lifts the Liam MacCarthy Cup after the 2017 GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship final. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Offaly's All-Ireland U20 Championship winner Kieran Dolan has come into the team for Sunday’s Tailteann Cup semi-final against Westmeath Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Offaly's All-Ireland U20 Championship winner Kieran Dolan has come into the team for Sunday’s Tailteann Cup semi-final against Westmeath Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

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Galway captain David Burke lifts the Liam MacCarthy Cup after the 2017 GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship final. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

HENRY SHEFFLIN has recalled David Burke, who lifted the Liam MacCarthy Cup as Galway’s victorious captain five years ago, for tomorrow’s All-Ireland SHC quarter-final against Cork in Thurles.

The Galway boss has reacted to their deflating Leinster final fadeout against Kilkenny by making two changes for this must-win trip to Tipp.

Johnny Coen drops out of the midfield engine-room, to be replaced by the returning Burke who started four out of Galway’s five provincial round-robin fixtures before dropping back to the bench for the decider against Brian Cody’s Cats.

On that occasion, Burke replaced Coen on the hour as Galway lost their way badly in the second half – and now the St Thomas’ veteran, 32, is in from the start.

The other Galway change is in attack as Ronan Glennon is named at wing-forward, indirectly replacing Brian Concannon who was held scoreless on his last day out in Croke Park.

Cianan Fahy, who had been facing the threat of a two-match ban only to be cleared by the Central Hearings Committee on Wednesday night, retains his starting berth and is listed at full-forward.

GALWAY (SHC v Cork) – É Murphy; J Grealish, Daithí Burke, D Morrissey; G McInerney, P Mannion, F Burke; J Cooney, David Burke; R Glennon, C Cooney, T Monaghan; C Whelan, C Fahy, C Mannion. Subs: D Fahy, TJ Brennan, J Coen, S Ryan, S Linnane, B Concannon, K Cooney, J Flynn, E Niland, G Lee, J Hastings.

GALWAY (MHC v Tipperary) – D Fahy; L McInerney, S Murphy, D Counihan; G Carr, O O’Gorman, J Lonergan; C Trayers, P MacCártaigh; O Burke, R Burke, C Lawless; C Killeen, A Niland, C Dophin.

TIPPERARY (MHC v Galway) – E Horgan; C O’Donnell, A O’Halloran, J Quinlan; S O’Farrell, T Sheehan, J O’Callaghan; C Foley, A Daly; J Egan, C Martin, C English; D Corbett, T Delaney, P McCormack.

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Wexford have made just one enforced change for Saturday’s All-Ireland hurling quarter-final against Clare.

Cathal Dunbar, who started against Kerry in last weekend’s preliminary quarter-final, has been ruled out with a hamstring injury and his place in attack goes to Mikie Dwyer.

However, Diarmuid O’Keeffe’s inclusion among the listed subs will no doubt fuel rumours of an 11th hour call-up. O’Keeffe was a surprise late withdrawal from the team that lined out in Tralee.

WEXFORD (SHC) – M Fanning; S Donohoe, L Ryan, C Devitt; M O’Hanlon, D Reck, P Foley; K Foley, L McGovern; O Foley, J O’Connor, L Chin; R O’Connor, C McDonald, M Dwyer.

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Offaly's All-Ireland U20 Championship winner Kieran Dolan has come into the team for Sunday’s Tailteann Cup semi-final against Westmeath Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Offaly's All-Ireland U20 Championship winner Kieran Dolan has come into the team for Sunday’s Tailteann Cup semi-final against Westmeath Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Offaly's All-Ireland U20 Championship winner Kieran Dolan has come into the team for Sunday’s Tailteann Cup semi-final against Westmeath Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile


JOHN MAUGHAN has made one enforced change to his Offaly team for Sunday’s Tailteann Cup semi-final against neighbouring rivals Westmeath.

All-Ireland U-20 winner Kieran Dolan is promoted at corner-back in the absence of veteran defender Niall Darby, who suffered a serious knee injury during training on Tuesday night.

Maughan revealed yesterday that Darby had sustained a suspected cruciate injury and described the injury as a “devastating blow” for the Rhode clubman.

“He's a former captain of the team and just a model of an inter-county footballer and probably his age profile, I suppose he's wondering this morning now has he many more opportunities to play in Croke Park?” the Offaly boss remarked.

Dolan started Offaly’s first championship match of the season – against Wexford in April – only to be forced off through injury before the break as the Faithful suffered a shock early Leinster exit. Since then, the Shamrocks clubman has been used off the bench in two of their Tailteann Cup outings, against Wexford and Wicklow.

Dolan was Offaly captain for last year’s All-Ireland U-20 triumph, albeit he endured a disrupted campaign, missing the Leinster final and All-Ireland semi-final with a hamstring injury before returning as a late sub in the Croke Park decider against Roscommon.

This came after his earlier recovery from a vertebrae injury sustained in early 2020, when he was a back seat passenger in a car crash after Offaly’s Liam O’Connor Cup U-20 final victory over Clare.

As Dolan outlined to the Tullamore Tribune, ahead of last year’s All-Ireland U-20 final: “I was in hospital for a week. I had surgery done, they got a metal cage and put my neck in it, a neck brace for 12 weeks or so.

“I was young and fit and healthy and that's why I recovered so well. I'm grand now … I was very lucky, I've been told that a lot, I was lucky and unlucky. Thank God I was the only one hurt, all the rest of the boys were grand.”

OFFALY (SF v Westmeath) – P Dunican; L Pearson, D Hogan, K Dolan; R Egan, J Moloney, C Donohoe; C McNamee, J Hayes; B Carroll, R McNamee, A Sullivan; J Bryant, N McNamee, K O’Neill.


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