Wednesday 15 August 2018

Kiely to select from full Treaty deck for Cork clash

Limerick manager John Kiely. Photo: Ray McManus/Sportsfile
Limerick manager John Kiely. Photo: Ray McManus/Sportsfile
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Limerick manager John Kiely has revealed he will be pulling from a full deck for their All-Ireland semi-final showdown against Cork on Sunday week and praised the way forward Peter Casey has returned to bolster his options.

Kiely told a media gathering in Limerick yesterday evening that they have a clean bill of health as they prepare to try defeat the Rebels in the championship for the first time in 17 years.

And Kiely said that the way 21-year-old Casey has battled back to give them more options is typical of the spirit and determination in the squad.

Limerick reached the All-Ireland semi-final for the first time since 2014 following last weekend's 0-27 to 1-22 win over Kilkenny at Semple Stadium in Thurles. Limerick's three substitutes from Na Piarsaigh; Casey, Shane Dowling and William O'Donoghue scored three points between them last weekend.

Casey, who was on target twice, has been a massive addition after he returned from a shoulder injury lay-off during the Munster round-robin series. 

"We are good. We have a clean bill of health. We are very fortunate in that regard all year. Long may it continue," said Kiely.

"We have been looking for that (impact from the bench) all year. Every team is looking for that at the end of the day.

"There's a lot of credit due to the lads the way they did come in and get involved in the game as quickly as they did."

Roscommon boss Kevin McStay has resisted the urge to make wholesale changes to his side in the wake of last weekend's Croke Park hammering at the hands of Tyrone.

The Ulster side ran in 4-24 against the Rossies last time out but they make just two changes with Sean McDermott and Brian Stack coming into the side in place of Niall Daly and Donie Smith.

Tyrone have made one change from the side that hammered Roscommon for tomorrow night's showdown with Dublin. Hugh Pat McGeary starts in place of the injured Cathal McCarron in defence.

Meanwhile, Donegal's Paddy McGrath is set to be fit for the Dr Hyde Park clash. McGrath was withdrawn at half-time in their defeat to Dublin after a collision with Niall Scully.

Roscommon (SF v Donegal) - C Lavin; D Murray, N McInerney, S McDermott; J McManus, F Cregg, C Devaney; T O'Rourke, C Compton; C Murtagh, N Kilroy, E Smith; D Murtagh, B Stack, C Cregg.

Tyrone (SF v Roscommon) - N Morgan; M McKernan, R McNamee, HP McGeary; T McCann, F Burns, P Harte; C Cavanagh, P Hampsey; M Donnelly, N Sludden, C Meyler; C McShane, R Donnelly, C McAlliskey.

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