Wednesday 17 January 2018

Waterford axe Shanahan for for crunch clash against Cats

Cork's Damien Cahalane grapples with Waterford's Maurice Shanahan
Cork's Damien Cahalane grapples with Waterford's Maurice Shanahan

Maurice Shanahan has been dropped from the Waterford team to play Kilkenny in tomorrow’s All-Ireland senior hurling championship round 2 qualifier at Semple Stadium.

Jake Dillon comes into the starting line-up as manager Derek McGrath makes one change from the starting 15 that accounted for Offaly in Tullamore last weekend.

McGrath’s going with 14 of the 15 that lined out against Kilkenny in last year’s All-Ireland semi-final replay in Thurles.

Stephen Bennett started then but the inclusion of Darragh Fives this time is the only change from that selection.

Meanwhile, Tipperary manager Michael Ryan has drafted All-Star forward John McGrath and Jason Forde (above) into his starting team for tomorrow’s round 2 qualifier against Dublin.

McGrath replaces the injured Niall O’Meara, while Forde starts his first game since the Allianz Hurling League final defeat to Galway, and replaces Noel McGrath in what will be considered a surprise move.

The Tipperary defence is untouched from that which lined out against Westmeath last Saturday as goalkeeper Daragh Mooney, who made his championship debut on that occasion, holds his place.

In a reshuffle further forward, Michael Breen reverts to midfield from wing-forward to accommodate the inclusion of Forde.

John McGrath and Forde, who was suspended for the Cork defeat in Munster, were both introduced as subs in the Westmeath game – and scored 1-3 between them.

Elsewhere, Leitrim boss Brendan Guckian has named an unchanged starting 15 for tomorrow’s All-Ireland SFC round 2B qualifier against Carlow at Netwatch Cullen Park.

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