Sunday 18 February 2018

Galway's Johnny Glynn in line for first start in two years against Waterford in All Ireland final

Johnny Glynn of Galway could start All Ireland final against Waterford
Johnny Glynn of Galway could start All Ireland final against Waterford
Glynn made a big impact on his introduction against Tipperary in the semi-final and has made sharp progress since in an effort to regain form and fitness. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Galway and Waterford will finalise their All-Ireland hurling final teams tonight with speculation growing that Johnny Glynn will be included in the Galway team for his first start since the 2015 decider against Kilkenny.

Glynn made a big impact on his introduction against Tipperary in the semi-final and has made sharp progress since in an effort to regain form and fitness.

Glynn has been based in the US for much of the last two years but made a commitment in April to rejoin the squad.

Niall Burke is the man under most pressure with Jason Flynn another strong candidate for the one floating position.

Waterford's Tadhg de Búrca will come back into their team as a direct replacement for the suspended Conor Gleeson with Kieran Bennett expected to hold on to his place after coming in for De Búrca in the Cork game.

Meanwhile, former Footballer of the Year Karl Lacey, 32, has announced his retirement from inter-county football.

Lacey, who won the award in 2012 when Donegal were crowned All-Ireland champions, came on as a substitute during Donegal's heavy qualifier defeat to Galway in July.

"Having allowed some dust to settle on our season, I now feel ready to announce my retirement from the Donegal senior football team," he said in a statement last night.

I have experienced almost everything with the Donegal footballers over these past 14 seasons and more, from desperate defeats to the crowning glory of winning the Sam Maguire in 2012 and everything in between.

"They are games and days and friendships that will live with me forever. I am thankful for the opportunities given to me over the course of my career, and grateful to the players who played alongside me and the coaches who guided me throughout it," he added.

In Derry, Damian McErlain has been appointed senior football manager for a three-year term.

McErlain, who has been Derry minor manager for the last three years, is preparing for an All-Ireland minor final, will be joined by Killian Conlan, Gavin McGeehan and former Derry goalkeeper, Barry Gillis. He takes over from Damian Barton.

"We know the talent that exists within the county and we've developed three strong minor teams to further bolster that. We now need to ensure that we have the right environment for the players to develop further," said McErlain.

"We've a big couple of weeks ahead with the All-Ireland minor final to look forward to, and we'll get down to work with the senior job once that occasion has passed. Until then it's all about Derry minors trying to win an All-Ireland title and nothing else."

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