Thursday 18 January 2018

Seamus Callanan returns for Tipp as Curran replaces Forde


'Three-time All-Star Callanan returns to bolster the forward division.' Photo: David Maher/Sportsfile
'Three-time All-Star Callanan returns to bolster the forward division.' Photo: David Maher/Sportsfile

Michael Verney

Michael Ryan has kept faith with 12 of the Tipperary side humbled by Galway in last month's League final, while the Premier men are boosted by Seamus Callanan's return for their Munster SHC duel with Cork in Thurles tomorrow (4.0).

Three-time All-Star Callanan returns to bolster the forward division, with former football star Steven O'Brien losing out, while John O'Keeffe comes in at corner-back for Michael Cahill (hamstring injury) and Sean Curran replaces the suspended Jason Forde.

The Rebels field five debutants as they look to thwart Tipp's three-in-a-row provincial dream, with Colm Spillane, Mark Coleman, Darragh Fitzgibbon Shane Kingston (son of manager Kieran) and Luke Meade the new faces as nine of the side which lost to Tipp last year hold their places.

Elsewhere, Matthew Fitzpatrick will start for the Antrim footballers in their Ulster SFC quarter-final tie with Donegal tomorrow, just days after receiving a 48-week suspension.

The St John's attacker had his hefty ban overturned earlier this week with the help of Joe Brolly and is named at centre-forward for the Saffrons.

Meanwhile, Kilkenny received a huge lift with 2015 All-Star corner-forward Ger Aylward making his long-awaited comeback from a cruciate knee ligament injury when firing a hat-trick for Glenmore last night.

Kildare football boss Cian O'Neill has suffered a major setback, with attacker Ben McCormack unlikely to feature for the Lilies again in 2017 after recently undergoing foot surgery, while Wicklow's hopes of upsetting Louth tomorrow have been hit as Ross O'Brien and Jamie Snell have both opted out of the squad.

Irish Independent

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