Thursday 19 April 2018

'Costa del Carton' for Tipp hurlers

TIPPERARY'S senior hurlers will spend the week at Kildare's Carton House hotel after their warm-weather training trip to Spain was cancelled because of the volcanic ash crisis.

Manager Liam Sheedy and his players checked into their luxurious base yesterday and will stay there until Friday as preparations for next month's Munster SHC crunch tie against Cork intensify.

Fears surrounding the fitness of captain Eoin Kelly ahead of the May 30 Pairc Ui Chaoimh clash have been allayed, however.

Kelly has been ruled out of training for up to 10 days with a grade one hamstring strain, but he is no danger of missing the Cork match and the five-time All Star linked up with his team-mates yesterday.

David Young, who was also injured against Offaly, won't arrive in Kildare until tomorrow as he is on crutches after the Tullamore win while the injury sustained by Darragh Egan last Sunday is not serious.

NY minors in limbo over Galway trip

A decision will be made today on whether or not the New York minor footballers will travel to Ireland to take on Galway in the Connacht championship on Saturday.

New York have entered the All-Ireland MFC for the first time in more than a quarter of a century, but their plans have been thrown into disarray because of flight disruptions.

Galway and Connacht officials are in constant contact with their counterparts in New York and the match is likely to be put back a week if the Americans can't travel as scheduled on Thursday.

Galway seniors are due to travel to New York the weekend after next for the opening round of the Connacht championship.

Injuries mount for the Faithful

OFFALY boss Joe Dooley has been left with two new worrying pre-championship injuries as a result of their final league game against Tipperary.

Wing-forward Daniel Currams broke a finger in two places and defender Stephen Egan suffered a broken nose.

Egan has time to recover but it is believed that Curram's injury could keep him out of Offaly's Leinster SHC opener against Antrim on May 30.

The Faithful County were without ace forward Brendan Murphy for the entire league because of a serious back injury (prolapsed disc) but they are hopeful of having him back for the Antrim showdown.

Murphy avoided having any serious medical intervention thanks to an intensive programme of physiotherapy and swimming and resumed training last week.

  • Breffni Park will stage the Cadbury All-Ireland U-21 football championship final between Dublin and Donegal on Saturday, May 1.

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