Monday 18 December 2017

In brief: Two new blows for McEneaney Galway squad

HAVING endured a difficult start to his second stint as Monaghan boss, Eamonn McEneaney has been dealt a further blow with news of further injuries to his decimated squad.

Goalkeeper Shane Duffy and forward Stephen Gollogly both require hip operations and are expected to miss the National League campaign in its entirety. Monaghan will open their Division 1 season against Galway on February 6.

Having taken over from Seamus McEnaney with the Farneymen, the new manager is without 10 members of the 2010 championship panel who are sidelined with operations or are awaiting surgery, with the likes of Conor McManus, Vinny Corey, Eoin Lennon, John Paul Mone and Kieran Hughes currently unavailable.

Talty receives nod to take over at Parnells

former Dublin selector and Galway footballer Brian Talty has returned to management with Dublin club Parnells.

The Artane/Coolock outfit are believed to have sounded out Paidí Ó Sé for the role, but despite apparent interest from the Kerry legend, Talty received the nod.

A teacher in St David's, Artane and a former Parnells player -- who featured on their last successful championship side in 1988 -- Talty will be a popular choice.

He will look to make the most of the club's impressive facilities and inter-county talent over his three-year term.

Four changes to Galway squad

The new GAA season is still a couple of weeks away, but Galway hurlers have already had to make four changes to a 37-man squad announced less than a month ago.

John McIntyre and his selectors carried out major alterations to the 2010 squad, with up to a dozen changes when the panel for the new season was announced at the end of November.

Long-term ankle injuries have ruled out skipper Shane Kavanagh and 2009 All-Ireland minor-winning captain Richie Cummins and now it has been confirmed that two other players have been released from the squad.

Forward Bernard Burke, one of six members of the U-21 side promoted to the senior squad last month, has been excused due to study commitments in Waterford.

And goalkeeper James Skehill has also been released from the squad, with Athenry custodian John Grealish called up.

Galway will begin their competitive campaign when they put their Walsh Cup title on the line against Carlow or Dublin Institute of Technology on January 23, with the Galway management set to reduce their squad to 32 or 33 by the end of February, according to manager McIntyre.

Irish Independent

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