| 11.5°C Dublin

Gilroy mulls over midfield options as McMahon out of Leinster final

DUBLIN corner-back Philly McMahon looks certain to take no part in Sunday's Leinster SFC final against Wexford due to a knee injury.

The Ballymun Kickhams player suffered medial ligament damage against Laois. He was forced to miss the semi-final against Kildare and is not yet ready to return.

But manager Pat Gilroy should have no qualms about letting Paul Conroy deputise again in the right corner of defence.

The St Vincent's man made a near-perfect championship debut in an ultra-competitive semi-final against Kildare.

Gilroy's big selection dilemma is who to start in midfield.

All-action Ballyboden St Enda's star Michael Darragh Macauley is definitely out after suffering a nasty compound break of his finger against Kildare.


His finger subsequently needed to be wired and his comeback will not be decided until he visits a specialist this week.

There was some surprise that Gilroy jettisoned Barry Cahill in for the Kildare game after he adapted so well to a new midfield role during the Allianz National League.

He was replaced last time out by Denis Bastick, but Eamon Fennell, Ross McConnell and Cahill were all called in off the bench in the semi-final and are all in the running for one of the midfield spots against Wexford next Sunday.

•GAA president Christy Cooney will be at the Shamrocks club in Rahan tomorrow evening (7.30) to formally launch a hurling wall, dedicated to the memory of former Offaly hurler, Colin Dunne.

Colin won a Leinster minor hurling medal with Offaly in 2000 and also represented the county at U-21 and senior level. He died at the age of 27 while running with friends in the Barcelona marathon in March 2009.

A national school teacher, he was PRO of Offaly Cumann na mBunscol at the time of his death.

Irish Independent