Friday 23 March 2018

Ref change for Dubs v Lilies

Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

THERE has been a late change of referee for tomorrow's Leinster SFC semi-final between Dublin and Kildare.

David Coldrick has had to pull out because of a leg injury and he will be replaced by fellow Meath official Cormac Reilly.

Elsewhere, Donegal boss Jim McGuinness has named an unchanged side for the Ulster semi-final against Tyrone.

The line-up includes Michael Murphy (who had a red card rescinded) and 17-year-old Patrick McBrearty, a late inclusion last time out against Cavan.

Down have included Danny Hughes in their line-up to face Clare in the football qualifiers, but he faces a late test to prove his fitness after getting injured during training mid-week.

Aidan Brannigan and Kevin Duffin have been drafted into defence at the expense of Daniel McCartan and Gerard McCartan and, with John Clarke now retired, Conor Laverty comes in at corner-forward.

Niall Darby replaces the injured Anton Sullivan for Offaly's qualifier against Monaghan.

Bernard O'Brien and Christopher McGuinness will make their first championship starts for Monaghan, replacing Dessie Mone and Stephen Gollogly. Donal Morgan replaces Colin Walshe.

The draw for the second round of the football qualifiers will take place in Castlebar tomorrow evening and will be broadcast on RTE shortly after 6.0.

Today's eight winners will be in one bowl while the eight beaten provincial semi-finalists (Leitrim, Limerick, Waterford, Limerick, Armagh, Galway/Mayo, Donegal/Tyrone, Dublin/Kildare and Carlow/Wexford) will be in the other and first teams drawn will have home venue.

Offaly's beleagured hurlers welcome back Rory Hanniffy from injury for today's qualifier against Cork.

The Faithful also give James Mulrooney his first championship start and have included Eanna Murphy, even though the latter is not expected to play after getting injured with the U-21s mid-week.

Neil McManus, Kevin Molloy and Eddie McCloskey come into the Antrim team for the other hurling qualifier against Carlow.

DONEGAL (SF v Tyrone) -- P Durcan; K Lacey, N McGee, P McGrath; K Cassidy, A Thompson, Marty Boyle; R Kavanagh, K Rafferty; M McElhinney, M McHugh, R Bradley; C McFadden, M Murphy, P McBrearty.

OFFALY (SH v Cork) -- J Dempsey; E Murphy, D Kenny, S Egan; D Hayden, R Hanniffy, D Morkan; D Currams, C Egan; B Carroll, J Bergin, C Mahon; S Dooley, G Healion, J Mulrooney.

ANTRIM (SH v Carlow) -- C O'Connell; C McGuinness, C Donnelly, K McGourty; A Graffin, M Herron, N McAuley; P Shiels, K Molloy; S McCrory, K Stewart, E McCloskey; C McCann, D Hamill, N McManus.

DOWN (SF v Clare) -- B McVeigh; A Branagan, D Gordon, B McArdle; D Rooney, K McKernan, K Duffin; P Fitzpatrick, K King; D Hughes, M Clarke, M Poland; P McComiskey, B Coulter, C Laverty.

MONAGHAN (SF v Offaly) -- M Keogh; C Galligan, K Duffy, D Morgan; O Duffy, Darren Hughes, N McAdam; O Lennon, D Clerkin; M Downey, B O'Brien, D McKenna; C McGuinness, P Finlay, C McManus.

OFFALY (SF v Monaghan) -- A Mulhall; B Darby, S Brady, S Pender; S Lonergan, R Brady, K Slattery; R Dalton, N Smith; C McManus, S Ryan, N Darby; B Allen, N Dunne, N McNamee.

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