Sunday 18 February 2018

O'Gara gives Dubs boost with club comeback

Eoghan O'Gara
Eoghan O'Gara

Michael Verney

Eoghan O'Gara featured in his first game for Dublin in over a year when returning from a cruciate knee ligament injury against All-Ireland club finalists Ballyboden St Enda's in a challenge game on Monday.

O'Gara missed Dublin's Sam Maguire triumph last season but he is nearing full fitness after coming away unscathed from 35 minutes of action, and manager Jim Gavin is delighted with the 30-year-old's return.

"Eoghan is back playing internal games," he said. "Whether he has got the game-time and match fitness before the National League closes out remains to be seen, but he is making very good progress."

Elsewhere, Galway football manager Kevin Walsh is preparing his side for their trip to the Athletic Grounds in Armagh on Sunday, but the squad faces a longer journey 24 hours later when they embark on a five-day 'warm weather' training camp in Portugal.

The Tribesmen are in a good position to regain Division 1 status after a five-year gap and Walsh believes the trip will help "step it up again" even though their sole focus is on Armagh.

2015 All-Ireland club champions Corofin have appointed Kevin O'Brien to replace Stephen Rochford for the 2016 season. O'Brien, a selector with Rochford for three years and a sub on the club's 1998 All-Ireland winning side, bids for a Galway SFC four in a row this autumn.

The Donegal SFC has a new sponsor in the county's All-Ireland winning captain Michael Murphy who'll have the unique opportunity to win a competition he sponsors himself after Michael Murphy Sports & Leisure of Letterkenny became the main sponsor of the championship until 2018.

On the hurling front, Wexford boss Liam Dunne has suffered another injury setback with the county's Club Hurler of the Year, Shaun Murphy, set to miss at least four months of action as he undergoes shoulder surgery on a knock picked up against Clare three weeks ago.

Irish Independent

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