Friday 23 February 2018

Rossies ring the changes as Harte welcomes back McNamee

Tyrone boss Mickey Harte. Photo: Oliver McVeigh / Sportsfile
Tyrone boss Mickey Harte. Photo: Oliver McVeigh / Sportsfile

Michael Verney

Roscommon make six changes for the visit of reigning League and All-Ireland champions Dublin to Hyde Park on Sunday.

Barring a catastophe Kevin McStay and Fergal O'Donnell's side are assured of a last four spot in Division 1 as they bid to end the Dublin's 100pc League record.

Darren O'Malley starts between the posts while Ronan Stack, Niall Daly, Cathal Shine, Cian Connolly and Senan Kilbride all return to the starting 15 from the side beaten by Mayo.

Elsewhere, with promotion already secured Tyrone boss Mickey Harte makes four changes for their Division 2 tie with Fermanagh including the return of full-back Ronan McNamee.Goalkeeper Mickey O'Neill, Barry Tierney and Padraig McNulty all get the nod while Peter Harte is ruled out by the shoulder injury which forced him off after just five minutes of their drawn clash with Armagh last weekend.


Meanwhile, Crossmaglen Rangers have had a proposed €1,000 fine quashed by the Central Hearings Committee after an investigation into the altercation at the end of their All-Ireland club semi-final against Castlebar Mitchels.

In hurling, Kerry make one change ahead of their Division 1B Relegation Play-off at Tralee's Austin Stack Park tomorrow (5.0) with Shane Nolan replacing John Buckley.

Antrim hurling star Liam Watson has been axed by manager PJ O'Mullan ahead of their Christy Ring Cup campaign due to an inability to commit as he puts time into a new business.

ROSCOMMON (SF v Dublin) - D O'Malley; S McDermott, N Collins, D Murray; C Daly, S Purcell, R Stack; N Daly, C Shine; F Cregg, N Kilroy, C Murtagh; C Connolly, S Kibride, C Cregg.

TYRONE (SF v Fermanagh) - M O'Neill; A McCrory, R McNamee, C McCarron; B Tierney, R Brennan, T McCann; C Cavanagh, M Donnelly; P McNulty, R O'Neill, R Donnelly; D McCurry, S Cavanagh, C McAliskey.

KERRY (SH v Laois) - A McCabe; B Murphy, P Kelly, K Carmody; J Diggins, D Dineen, T Murnane; J Griffin, D Collins; B O'Leary, M O'Leary, S Nolan; J Conway, M Boyle, J Egan.

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