Wednesday 22 November 2017

Hickey returns to bolster Kilkenny

Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

NOEL Hickey makes his long-awaited return to Kilkenny's starting line-up in tomorrow's Division 1 National Hurling League clash against bottom-of-the-table Limerick.

He is selected at full-back and it is the first time the Dunamaggin defender has played for Kilkenny since the 2008 All-Ireland final as he missed out all of last season due to knee and groin injuries.

Derek Lyng is also a notable returnee for the Cats at centre-forward and Pat Hartley of Tullogher-Rosbercon gets a midfield spot beside James 'Cha' Fitzpatrick.

Galway boss John McIntyre has certainly wasted no time getting All Star forward Joe Canning back into his starting line-up for tomorrow's visit by Dublin.

Portumna's seven county players only returned to county training this week but Canning and corner-forward Kevin Hayes have been thrown straight back into action, replacing Aonghus Callanan and Niall Healy in the Galway attack in which Iarla Tannian also starts after scoring two goals off the bench against Kilkenny last week.

Both of the Shanahan brothers, Dan and younger brother Maurice, will start for Waterford against Offaly with defender Aidan Kearney the man losing out in a reshuffled side.

Simon Lambert comes into the Dublin hurlers starters for that game, replacing Liam Ryan at wing-forward.

Meanwhile, Limerick boss Justin McCarthy has rewarded Shaun O'Riordan and Sean Herlihy -- who did well off the bench last week -- with starting places against Kilkenny.

But the Dublin U-21 footballers will be without injured midfielder Cian Mullins for today's Leinster final against Westmeath.

In total, Dublin make three changes in personnel as well as numerous switches. Darragh Nelson returns from suspension at wing-back and in attack Barry O'Rorke and Ciaran Dorney have been given starting spots in attack.

Irish Independent

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