Thursday 22 March 2018

Boost for Tipp as Callanan is cleared to play

Mark Schutte
Mark Schutte
Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

TIPPERARY hurlers received a boost last night when it emerged that star forward Seamus Callanan has been cleared to play in Sunday's Allianz NHL semi-final against Waterford.

Callanan took his case against a suspension for being sent off against Offaly to the Central Appeals Committee (CAC), who allowed his appeal - freeing him to face the Deise.

Cork hurlers, meanwhile, have made three changes to their side to face Dublin in their semi-final in Nowlan Park. Alan Cadogan and Mark Ellis, who both missed their quarter-final defeat of Wexford due to hamstring problems, are back among their starters and so too is Stephen McDonnell, who missed that game due to work commitments.

Ellis replaces Killian Burke in the centre-back spot, while corner-forward Cadogan returns at the expense of Anthony Spillane and McDonnell replaces William Kearney at corner-back.


Pa Cronin, who returned to county training this week after a lay-off due to finger surgery, is not listed among their subs but Cork still have a lot of experience on the bench in Paudie O'Sullivan, Bill Cooper, Conor O'Sullivan and Stephen Moylan.

Cork footballers, who face Dublin in Sunday week's NFL final, are confident that captain Michael Shields will be fit to line out, but Donncha O'Connor (toe) is still doubtful.

Elsewhere the GAA has rushed to deny speculation that they might be open to a naming rights deal for Croke Park.

Director general Paraic Duffy has stressed that they have never received or sought offers for naming rights in Croke Park, nor ever discussed the matter.

CORK (SH v Dublin) - A Nash; S O'Neill, D Cahalane, S McDonnell; L McLoughlin, M Ellis, C Murphy; D Kearney, A Walsh; C Lehane, S Harnedy, R O'Shea; A Cadogan, L O'Farrell, P Horgan.

Irish Independent

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