Friday 23 February 2018

Kerry's Scanlon hangs up boots

KERRY midfielder Seamus Scanlon will not be a part of Eamonn Fitzmaurice's squad next year after the Currow midfielder announced his retirement.

The long-serving Scanlon called time on a career that saw him win three All-Ireland medals after making his debut in 2002 and secure an All Star in 2009.

The 31-year-old had been dogged by injuries in recent seasons and while he started against Cork in the championship this year, Bryan Sheehan and Anthony Maher established themselves as the Kingdom's first-choice pair as the season progressed.

"He was a great servant to Kerry," said former Kerry manager Jack O'Connor. "He was a very honest player who worked hard for the team and was fearless on the field. Seamus was a manager's dream in that he never gave a moment's bother and was a real team player. He had a fantastic year in 2009 and richly deserved his All Star."

Champions Stephens safely into last four

the draw for the Kilkenny SHC semi-finals will take place tonight with Ballyhale Shamrocks joined by three city clubs in Dicksboro, O'Loughlin Gaels and James Stephens in the hat.

Reigning champions James Stephens beat Graigue Ballycallan in their quarter-final clash while Shamrocks proved too strong for Erin's Own. Dicksboro beat St Martin's while O'Loughlins edged Carrickshock to book their place in the last four.

Clarinbridge face drop to intermediate

Clarinbridge, All-Ireland senior club champions just 19 months ago, now have to beat Liam Mellowes next weekend to avoid the drop to intermediate status.

Meanwhile, Loughrea booked their place in the Galway SHC semi-finals with a 2-10 to 0-13 replay win over Mullagh. A goal from Kenneth Colleran after just 37 seconds and another from Johnny Maher after nine minutes sent the 2006 winners, who have lost two of the last three county finals, into a semi-final meeting with Turloughmore next weekend.

Holders Gort will take on St Thomas, who have never won the title, in the other semi-final.

Irish Independent

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