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O'Shea in minor lament

KERRY minor hurling boss Seanie O'Shea has called for the minor hurling championship to be overhauled after his side suffered a 6-22 to 1-4 drubbing at the hands of Cork on Saturday night, writes DONNCHADH BOYLE.

The Kingdom youngsters had already suffered a heavy defeat to Tipperary and O'Shea believes Kerry may have to drop out of the championship for the foreseeable future.

"It's not right to be throwing our young lads into the lion's den to be savaged a couple of times a year," said O'Shea, who was part of the Kerry team that beat Waterford in the Munster SHC in 1993.

"Our U-16s don't do it, our U-21s don't do it and at present our seniors don't play in the Munster Championship, so why should our minors? "If you are not playing the 'A' Grade at U-16 level, then you cannot expect to wave a magic wand and play at the 'A' level at minor grade."

Roscommon's hopes of a first SFC victory over Galway since 2001 have suffered a setback with a groin injury ruling defender Donal Ward out of their Connacht clash on Sunday week.

Irish Independent