Saturday 15 December 2018

Nash dash on cards as Cork goalie plays two games in five hours

Cork goalkeeper Anthony Nash. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Cork goalkeeper Anthony Nash. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Michael Verney

Michael Verney

Anthony Nash is set to go above and beyond the call of duty for club and county today as the Cork goalkeeper plays two separate games within the space of five hours.

Nash will start a busy day by manning the goal for Kanturk as he looks to help his club book their place in the All-Ireland Intermediate club hurling final against Armagh's Middletown in Newbridge (2.0).

Upon its conclusion (at approximately 3.30 barring extra-time), the 33-year-old will then travel over 200km south to Páirc Uí Chaoimh as the Rebels take on Kilkenny in their Allianz Division 1A HL opener.

New Cork boss John Meyler took the unusual decision to double-book the two-time All-Star despite the emergence of substitute keeper Patrick Collins and it remains to be seen whether the gamble will pay off.

In another 1A clash, 2016 League champions Clare have named a strong side for their tie with Tipperary in Cusack Park tomorrow (2.0) as joint-managers Gerry O'Connor and Donal Moloney look to hit the ground running after a disappointing 2017.

The 2013 Hurler of the Year Tony Kelly lines out at midfield alongside Colm Galvin while the attack is stacked with talent as Podge Collins, Shane O'Donnell, Peter Duggan and Conor McGrath all start.

Opponents Tipperary - minus the injured Seamus Callanan - have named three debutants with Premier boss Michael Ryan giving goalkeeper Paul Maher, Eire Og's Tom Fox and 2016 All-Ireland minor winner Ger Browne an opportunity to impress with regulars Brendan Maher and John McGrath named among the substitutes.

Elsewhere, Pat Gilroy will give youth its fling as the Dublin hurlers show eight League newcomers for their Division 1B clash with Offaly in Croke Park this evening (5.0).


The 2011 All-Ireland-winning football boss hands debuts to Bill O'Carroll, Cian Hendricken and Cian McBride in defence, Tomás Connolly (brother of Diarmuid) at midfield and attackers Fergal Whitely, Ronan Smith, Alan Moore and Paul Winters.

Connolly and Whitely both featured off the bench for Ger Cunningham during last summer's ill-fated SHC campaign while Whitely had some earlier league cameos. There are also recalls for keeper Alan Nolan and former captain Johnny McCaffrey, both of whom fell out of favour with Cunningham.

Dublin football boss Jim Gavin has yet to show his hand for their Division 1 opener against Kildare which follows at GAA HQ (7.0) but last year's beaten All-Ireland finalists Mayo have injected some fresh blood for their meeting with Monaghan in Castle tomorrow (2.0).

Stephen Rochford's selection features eight of the side which started against the Dubs last September as Aidan O'Shea leads the side from centre-forward.

Last year's Footballer of the Year Andy Moran and regular skipper Cillian O'Connor are omitted while Eoin O'Donoghue, Michael Hall, Jason Gibbons and Evan Regan - who all started against Sligo in Ballina last weekend in the FBD League - retain their places.

They face a Farney side which must cope with the absence of influential duo Conor McManus and Kieran Hughes as manager Malachy O'Rourke digs deep into his reserves.

McManus sat out his county's McKenna Cup campaign and is battling for fitness while Hughes is currently on holiday, although his brother Darren has recovered from a dead leg to start.


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