Monday 11 December 2017

same again for Gavin as dubs face royals

JIM GAVIN has opted to stick with his winnig formula and named an unchanged Dublin team for tomorrow evening's Leinster SFC semi-final with Meath at Croke Park (6.35).

This means no place up front for Paul Flynn, who suffered a hamstring injury during the warm-up against Laois, or Paddy Andrews, who has returned to club action with St Brigid's after his recent back complaint.

Rory Gallagher has made two changes to his Donegal side for today's Ulster SFC semi-final clash with Monaghan, including the return of All-Star defender Karl Lacey.

The former Footballer of the Year returns at wing-back, while U-21 Ciaran Gillespie deputises for the suspended Neil McGee, who misses his first championship game since 2006 after his sending-off against Fermanagh two weeks ago.

It's a double celebration for McGee's brother Eamon, however, as the Gaoth Dobhair corner-back reaches his 150th appearance for Donegal while he toasted the birth of his daughter Daisy earlier this week.

Offaly are also hit by suspension and must line out for today's Qualifier tie with London in O'Connor Park minus Niall Smith, who received a retrospective one-match ban. He was given the punishment arising from an incident that left Westmeath's Kieran Martin with a bloodied nose after the final whistle of their Leinster SFC quarter-final loss to Westmeath.

Elsewhere, Down will be able to call on the services of attacker Donal O'Hare for their Qualifier game against Longford at Páirc Esler today after he missed their heavy defeat to Monaghan through injury.

The Burren attacker replaces Connaire Harrison at full-forward for Eamonn Burns' side while Marc Reid fills in between the posts for the honeymooning Stephen Kane and Ryan Mallon is named in attack.

Meanwhile, Ciaran Lyng has been ruled out of Wexford's Qualifier encounter with Fermanagh after suffering a recurring hip problem, with Michael Furlong, Tiernan Rossiter and Michael O'Regan also injured. However, manager David Power does welcome back Rossiter's younger brother Naomhan.

Irish Independent

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