Sunday 25 February 2018

Galvin poised to make an impact against Armagh

Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

PAUL Galvin could be set for a return to action for Kerry after being named on the bench for the NFL Division 1 clash with Armagh in the Athletic Grounds on Sunday.

The Finuge man was togged out against Galway last weekend but didn't feature, though manager Jack O'Connor suggested he was ready to return. Killian Young retains his position at full-back with Tom O'Sullivan named at corner-back as Brian Maguire moves to the No 7 shirt and Aidan O'Mahony drops to the bench.

Dublin manager Pat Gilroy makes two changes in defence from the team who beat Monaghan for their game against Mayo on Sunday.

Ross O'Carroll (hamstring) and Declan Lally (calf) both sustained injuries last weekend and are replaced by Paul Brogan and Darragh Nelson.

Wicklow have rested Leighton Glynn, Brian McGrath and Paul Earls for this weekend's trip to Kilkenny, but new acquisition Austin O'Malley continues at centre-forward.

Tyrone manager Mickey Harte has made two changes ahead of tomorrow's trip to Portlaoise for the clash with Division 2 leaders Laois.

Pascal McConnell replaces Johnny Curran in goal, while Cathal McCarron comes in at corner-back for PJ Quinn.

Elsewhere, the chairman of Galway football board has come out strongly in support of manager Tomas O Flatharta amid rumours that his reign might be coming to an end after just under six months in charge.

John Joe Holleran said that the board were "100pc behind" the team management and players and he dismissed suggestions that an executive meeting of the board was planned for next Sunday evening if they lost a fifth successive league game against Cork.

The Galway squad trained at 8.0 at Pearse Stadium in Salthill yesterday morning and Holleran said all focus was on meeting All-Ireland champions Cork at the venue on Sunday.

"Tomas, his management and every player in the squad deserves to have my support and that of the board and they have it," said Holleran.

Irish Independent

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