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O Flatharta shuffles pack

Galway boss Tomas O Flatharta has reshuffled his defence to face Down.

The under-fire manager has brought in Colin Forde and David Reilly -- slotting Forde in at centre-half and moving Alan Burke to Kieran Fitzgerald's corner-back slot -- and, up front, Joe Bergin replaces Greg Higgins at half-forward.

Meanwhile, there are two changes to the Kilkenny team to face Cork with veteran Michael Kavanagh replacing Paul Murphy at left-corner back while rookie Pat Hartley comes into midfield at the expense of TJ Reid.

Elsewhere, there is growing speculation that Austin O'Malley is set to become the second Mayo player to seek an inter-county transfer this season by throwing his lot in with Mick O'Dwyer's Wicklow.

Billy Joe Padden has already switched to Armagh this year and the news that O'Malley has secured a club transfer to Wicklow side St Patrick's has prompted rumours that he's about to make a similar switch.

Leitrim boss Mickey Moran's criticism of the quality of refereeing in Division 4 has been somewhat vindicated.

The second yellow that Tyrone ref Eamon McHugh gave Barry McWeeney last week has been ruled incorrect by the Central Hearings Committee, which frees him up to play against Kilkenny tomorrow.

Tomas Beirne, who also appealed his red card for 'striking with the elbow', has had his case adjourned, and could also yet be cleared.

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Irish Independent