Tuesday 24 October 2017

Tipp will get first call on Fahey for U-21 semis despite soccer clash

Ian Fahey, Tipperary, celebrates scoring a goal
Ian Fahey, Tipperary, celebrates scoring a goal
Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

TIPPERARY'S U21 footballers will have Ian Fahey for their Eirgrid All-Ireland U-21 semi-final next Saturday, despite a direct clash with his soccer commitments.

The 20-year-old centre-forward was man of the match when Tipp pipped Cork to win the Munster title on Thursday, which secured an All-Ireland semi-final against Dublin in Tullamore next Saturday (4.0).

Fahey also plays soccer for Clonmel Celtic, who are due to play Sheriff YC in the FAI Junior Cup semi-final at 6.30 on the same day.

But Tipperary selector Mick O'Loughlin said there has always been a pre-existing arrangement between the county team and the soccer club and that his Gaelic team have 'first call' on him.

"He's playing football," O'Loughlin said. "The agreement was always that, if he hadn't a game at the weekend he was welcome to play soccer, and we stuck by that. Ian will be with us, absolutely."

Tyrone and Roscommon meet in the other semi-final in Sligo's Markievicz Park on Saturday (6.0).


Their latest football success has prompted Tipp's U-21 manager Tommy Toomey to insist that hurling and football can co-exist at the highest level in the county.

"People say they shouldn't play football at all but that's stupidity and they really need to cop themselves on. If these lads are in the football camp, they're getting the same strength and conditioning as the hurlers," he said.

Elsewhere Donegal's Michael Murphy returns from suspension for tomorrow's NFL Division 1 semi-final against Cork, and Anthony Thompson also returns at wing-back, with Hugh McFadden and Eamonn Doherty losing out.

Antrim's hurlers have made three changes from the side who lost to Laois for their big Division 1B relegation/promotion play-off with Kerry.

Eoin Campbell comes in for Ciaran Johnson in midfield, Odhran McFadden replaces Ryan McCambridge at corner-back and Matthew Donnelly is recalled at full-forward.

Dublin footballers have made two changes for tomorrow's Division One semi-final with Monaghan from the side that started against them in Clones last week.

Philly McMahon comes in for Eoin Culligan in defence, Cian O'Sullivan replaces Michael Dara Macauley in midfield and Ciaran Kilkenny starts for Kevin McManamon in attack.

Donegal (SF v Cork) - M Boyle; P McGrath, N McGee, E McGee; F McGlynn, K Lacey, A Thompson; M McElhinney, C Toye; M Reilly, O MacNiallais, R McHugh; P McBrearty, M Murphy, C McFadden.

Antrim (SH v Kerry) - C O'Connell; O McFadden, N McAuley, A Graffin; C McKinley, N McManus, S McCrory; E Campbell, M Bradley; D McKernan, C Carson, P Shiels; C Clarke, M Donnelly, PJ O'Connell.

DUBLIN (SF v Monaghan) - S Cluxton; J Cooper, R O'Carroll, P McMahon; J McCarthy, J Small, J McCaffrey; D Bastick, C O'Sullivan; P Flynn, D Connolly, B Fenton; C Kilkenny, D Rock, B Brogan.

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