Thursday 22 February 2018

Monaghan hit with key injury worries ahead of Kildare clash

Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

BEATEN Ulster football finalists Monaghan are expected to be without pivotal centre-back Vincent Corey again for today's All-Ireland football qualifier against Kildare.

Manager Seamus McEnaney has delayed naming his team until just before throw-in today but it is believed that Corey won't make it and that full-back JP Mone is also doubtful.

Darren Hughes, who deputised for injured goalkeeper Shane Duffy this summer, moved out to cover for Corey last week and it's possible he could return to full-back, with Gary McQuaid switching to centre-back. Duffy was clearly troubled with his quad injury against Tyrone but if he doesn't make it, Monaghan have goalkeeping cover in Padraig McBennett.

There's better news for Limerick footballers, who have an unchanged team for tonight's qualifier with Cork after Seanie Buckley and Stephen Lucey recovered from niggles.

The Galway hurlers, who face Tipperary in tomorrow's hurling quarter-final, have also made changes. David Burke returns from suspension to replace Adrian Cullinane at midfield while Eanna Ryan and Cyril Donnellan come into the attack in place of Aidan Harte and Aonghus Callanan.


Elsewhere, two Cork clubs -- Glen Rovers and Bride Rovers -- have been thrown out of the county hurling championship. Both were hit with player suspensions and fines of €7,500 following a brawl in a game between them in June.

Yet, while their fines have been reduced to €5,000 after appeals, they have now been informed that they're out of the competition and there is speculation locally that the clubs could protest by withdrawing their players -- Brian Murphy (Bride Rovers), Patrick Horgan and Graham Callanan (Glen Rovers) -- from the Cork squad for tomorrow's hurling quarter-final against Antrim.

Meanwhile, Louth football boss Peter Fitzpatrick has revealed that he turned down a chance to talk to referee Martin Sludden, whose blunder cost them the Leinster title.

"The referee rang me last Monday, I missed the call, he left a message and asked me to give him a ring back. I thought about it, but I let it go," Fitzpatrick said.

  • The All-Ireland SFC quarter-final draw will be made at 6.30 tomorrow (Live on RTE 2). Provincial champions cannot meet the team they beat in those finals.

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