Saturday 17 March 2018

Roscommon unchanged as Cavanagh poised to equal record

Sean Cavanagh. Photo: Sportsfile
Sean Cavanagh. Photo: Sportsfile
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Donie Smith was Roscommon's supersub in last Sunday's draw against Mayo, but his heroics haven't earned him a starting spot for Monday's replay.

Kevin McStay introduced Smith in the second half when the game was on a knife-edge and he responded by hitting two points - the second of which was the difficult late free which ultimately brought the sides level.

However, McStay has again opted to keep him in reserve for the Croke Park clash, announcing an unchanged team.

Smith, the Compton brothers - Colin and Cathal - Ian Kilbride and Ronan Stack were all brought on last Sunday and have to make do with starting from the bench once more.

Ultan Harney, Ciaran Cafferkey, and Thomas Corcoran are again unavailable due to injury.

Tyrone are also unchanged for tomorrow's All-Ireland quarter-final with Armagh.

Long-serving captain Sean Cavanagh is set to equal the all-time Senior Football Championship appearances record, for a couple of hours at least, when he plays his 88th game for the Red Hands.

Cavanagh will move level with Stephen Cluxton and Kerry's Ó Sé brothers, Tomás and Marc, before Cluxton advances to 89 appearances when Dublin take on Monaghan in the second of tomorrow evening's games.

Ahead of tomorrow's All-Ireland junior football final against Meath, Kerry have made one change to the side which started the semi-final against Leitrim. U-21 skipper Brian Sugrue replaces Michael Foley in defence, while former senior squad member Brendan O'Sullivan partners Roibéard Ó Sé at midfield.

Irish Independent

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