Friday 23 March 2018

Tipp boss Ryan hands out four championship debuts

Cork's Mark Ellis. Photo: Brendan Moran / Sportsfile
Cork's Mark Ellis. Photo: Brendan Moran / Sportsfile

Jackie Cahill

Tipperary manager Michael Ryan has included four championship debutants in his team to face Cork in tomorrow's Munster senior hurling quarter-final at Semple Stadium.

Seamus Kennedy, John McGrath, Sean Curran and Dan McCormack are all named in the starting 15 for Ryan's first championship game in charge.

Kennedy and McGrath's inclusions had been flagged earlier in the week but Curran and McCormack have been handed starts ahead of previously established forwards such as Patrick 'Bonner' Maher, Jason Forde and Niall O'Meara.

Mark Ellis has been named at full-back on the Cork team, having missed the majority of the league campaign with a broken arm.

Hawk-Eye will have its first outing at a provincial ground tomorrow for the Tipp-Cork intermediate and senior hurling clashes.

Elsewhere, Dublin manager Ger Cunningham has made three changes in personnel for this evening's Leinster SHC quarter-final against Wexford at Croke Park.

James Madden, Sean McGrath and Fiontán McGibb started the league quarter-final defeat to Limerick but are replaced by Shane Barrett, Daire Plunkett and Mark Schutte.

In football news, Sean Purcell, Donie Shine, David Murray and James McDermott come into the Roscommon team for tomorrow's Connacht SFC quarter-final clash with Leitrim in Carrick-on-Shannon.

There's a championship debut for Donal Shanley in the Wexford team to face Kildare at Croke Park this evening, as PJ Banville returns after lining out for New York last year.

Derry have handed senior championship debuts to Niall Toner and Shane Heavron for tomorrow's Ulster SFC quarter-final against Tyrone.

Irish Independent

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