Thursday 22 August 2019

Casey the only switch for Limerick but under-fire Rebels ring changes

 

John Kiely has kept faith with 14 of the side which brought Limerick their first All-Ireland SHC crown in 45 years for their Munster opener against Cork in the LIT Gaelic Grounds tomorrow (4.0). Stock photo: Sportsfile
John Kiely has kept faith with 14 of the side which brought Limerick their first All-Ireland SHC crown in 45 years for their Munster opener against Cork in the LIT Gaelic Grounds tomorrow (4.0). Stock photo: Sportsfile
Michael Verney

Michael Verney

John Kiely has kept faith with 14 of the side which brought Limerick their first All-Ireland SHC crown in 45 years for their Munster opener against Cork in the LIT Gaelic Grounds tomorrow (4.0).

Peter Casey - a regular starter as they secured their first Division 1 League crown since 1997 earlier this year - comes into the attack in place of Seamus Flanagan as Kiely looks to get their provincial campaign off to a flying start.

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Cork are on a retrieval mission after last week's disappointing defeat to Tipperary and John Meyler has rung the changes as the Rebels bid to get their season back on track.

Cork are the only side to defeat the Treaty in League or Championship this season and Meyler parachutes Mark Ellis and Robert Downey into a defence which shipped 2-24 from play against Tipp in Páirc Uí Chaoimh last Sunday.

Ellis makes his first start of the year coming in at centre-back ahead of Tim O'Mahony while Glen Rover defender Downey makes his championship debut beside him at right-wing back.

Influential midfielder Bill Cooper was ruled out just minutes before the Tipp tie with a back spasm but he is passed fit to start in the engine room in what is a big boost to the Rebels with Robbie O'Flynn missing out.

Former Young Footballer of the Year Aidan Walsh comes into the forwards with Shane Kingston - who hobbled off late on last week - dropping to the bench while Alan Cadogan has overcome a quad strain to take his place in the match-day squad.

The other Munster tie sees Tipperary host Waterford, who are fighting for their lives after a deflating Walsh Park defeat to Clare and Déise boss Páraic Fanning has wielded the axe with four changes in personnel.

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Callum Lyons comes into defence in place of Shane McNulty for their trip to Semple Stadium tomorrow to face Tipp (2.0), while the other alterations see Tommy Ryan, Jack Prendergast and Patrick Curran start in attack.

Mikey Kearney, Peter Hogan and Shane Bennett are the ones to make way while Maurice Shanahan has been kept in reserve despite his enormous impact late on in their one-point defeat to Clare.

Premier boss Liam Sheedy has kept 14 of the side that impressed against Cork with Alan Flynn coming into their defence instead of Seán O'Brien, while there are still no places for any of last year's All-Ireland U-21-winning side.

Things went swimmingly in Sheedy's first championship game back at the Tipp helm since their 2010 All-Ireland triumph and the Portroe clubman will be eager to deliver back-to-back performances and get one step nearer to qualification.

Kilkenny boss Brian Cody is another keen to continue where they left off as they visit neighbours Carlow in Netwatch Cullen Park tomorrow (3.0) hoping to edge closer to a Leinster final.

The Cats - led once again by the inspirational TJ Reid - came good in the second half to clip Dublin's wings and Cody has made two changes for their trip to the Barrowsiders, who gave as good as they got for long stages against Galway.

Richie Leahy gets a start at midfield having impressed off the bench with two points against the Dubs, while Bill Sheehan gets the nod in attack in place of Billy Ryan, with former Hurler of the Year Richie Hogan kept in reserve once again as he manages ongoing back issues.

Meanwhile, Cavan boss Mickey Graham has handed out two debuts with Conor Rehill (left half-back) and Conor Brady (midfield) making their Ulster SFC bows against neighbours Monaghan in Kingspan Breffni Park tonight (7.0).

Oisín Kiernan also starts in the full-forward line just eight months after being diagnosed with testicular cancer.

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