Sunday 17 December 2017

No Dubs in Kelly's Leinster squad for Interpro clash

Ulster manager Pete McGrath has named Fermanagh’s Eoin Donnelly as the province’s captain
Ulster manager Pete McGrath has named Fermanagh’s Eoin Donnelly as the province’s captain

Donnchadh Boyle & Declan Bogue

Leinster football manager Sean Kelly has named players from ten different counties for this weekend's Interprovincial championship but must do without the services of any of the All-Ireland-winning Dublin panel.

The Dubs are currently on a team holiday with Kelly turning to Kildare (five) and Westmeath (four) to backbone his squad.

Meath's Kelly, who includes Kildare's John Doyle and Offaly's Vinny Claffey in his backroom team, face Munster in Newry on Saturday at 4.0.

The winner of that game will advance to Sunday's final where they will face either Connacht or Ulster who face off in the Athletic Grounds at 7.0.

Elsewhere, Ulster manager Pete McGrath has named Fermanagh's Eoin Donnelly as the province's captain.


And McGrath insists that having led his Fermanagh side for the past two seasons, Donnelly is the right man for the job.

"People can think what they want, but at the end of the day, you are picking a captain for the squad.

"As team manager, I have worked with Eoin Donnelly for two years and he was the captain for two years, so I know his credentials as captain," McGrath explained.

"I know the example he would show, the leadership qualities he would bring to the job. Of course, there are players there I am sure they would be good.

"But I know Eoin has captained us for the last two years and has done a great job."

McGrath will be including Niall Morgan and Peter Harte of Tyrone, Monaghan's Dessie Mone has committed, as has Gearoid McKiernan of Cavan, Derry's Chrissy McKaigue and Down stalwart Kevin McKernan in the Ulster squad, which will surely be tested if they reach the final, which would throw in a mere 18 hours after the semi-final ends.

Irish Independent

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