Monday 11 December 2017

Roscommon give up home advantage while Cork ring the changes ahead of clash with Dublin

Dr Hyde Park in Roscommon
Dr Hyde Park in Roscommon

Michael Verney

ROSCOMMON will give up home advantage and travel to Longford for their Allianz NFL round four clash with Down this Sunday (2.0) after their request to have the game switched to Kiltoom was denied by Croke Park and the CCCC.

With Dr Hyde Park deemed unplayable, Roscommon chiefs hoped to play in their secondary county grounds, St Brigid’s in Kiltoom, but given the expected attendance and the restricted capacity they were forced to travel to Pearse Park in Longford instead.

Elsewhere, Peter Harte will make his first league start of the season when Tyrone face Derry at Healy Park tomorrow evening having recovered from an ankle injury to play at No 11 in one of seven changes.

Four of those are in attack, where Kieran McGeary, Richie Donnelly and Connor McAliskey are drafted in by Mickey Harte while full-back Ronan McNamee also returns from injury. Rory Brennan comes in for Justin McMahon at centre-back.

And in goal, Niall Morgan replaces Mickey O’Neill, who kept a clean sheet in the win over Laois last weekend, for the fascinating Division 2 derby clash as leaders Tyrone search for their fourth straight league success as they bid to bounce back to Division 1.

In hurling, Dublin boss Ger Cunningham has ruled Tipp native Ryan O’Dwyer (above) out of his plans for the remainder of the league with the centre-forward still recovering from a late-night assault in Birmingham last October.

O’Dwyer may not return until May, leaving him in a race to be ready for the Leinster SHC quarter-final against Wexford but Cunningham is pleased with his progress thus far as he follows all the necessary protocols.

Cunningham also has no doubt that Kieran Kingston will turn around the fortunes of his native Cork ahead of their Allianz NHL Division 1A clash at Croke Park tomorrow.

Kingston has wielded the axe after their second successive defeat and welcomes back All-Star attacker Seamus Harnedy in one of six switches.

Three changes in defence see Killian Burke, Mark Ellis and Cormac Murphy all included while Patrick Cronin and Stephen Moylan get the nod in attack.

In Galway, All-Star goalkeeper Colm Callanan is expected to miss crucial NHL ties against Kilkenny and Tipperary due to a knee injury.

CORK (NHL v Dublin) – A Nash; K Burke, C Joyce, S McDonnell; D Cahalane, M Ellis, C Murphy; D Kearney, B Lawton; B Cooper, S Harnedy, P Cronin; C Lehane, S Moylan, P Horgan  

TYRONE (NFL v Derry) – N Morgan; A McCrory, R McNamee, C McCarron; B Tierney, R Brennan, T McCann; C Cavanagh, M Donnelly; K McGeary, P Harte, R Donnelly; C McAliskey, S Cavanagh, R O’Neill.

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