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Daly keeps faith in Ryan for Dubs' final fling against Tribesmen

DUBLIN hurler Shane Ryan's recent good form for Anthony Daly's side has been rewarded after he was given the nod to continue at centre half-forward for Sunday's Walsh Cup final with Galway in Parnell Park.

The Naomh Mearnog man gave what many have described as his best performance for the hurlers in the semi-final win over Wexford as Daly makes just one change, with Gary Maguire replacing Alan Nolan in goal.

The Clare man also named a side to play Tipperary in a challenge on Saturday, consisting largely of players who were on colleges' duty for the pre-season competition, with the likes of Tomas Brady and Liam Rushe getting the opportunity to blow off some cobwebs before next weekend's league opener against Waterford.

Galway boss John McIntyre has problems ahead of the showdown after Richie Murray and Andy Coen opted out of his squad.

Murray played in two All-Ireland finals having started at midfield in the loss to Tipperary in 2001 and at wing-forward in 2005 when they went down to Cork.

Coen has been a regular on the team in recent years, but this week the engineer from Gort, who spent a few years in Scotland, informed team management of his decision to withdraw.

McIntyre makes just one change for Sunday's clash with the Dubs as Colm Callanan gets the nod between the posts as regular netminder James Skehill is rested.

Derry football boss Damien Cassidy has stressed that Enda Muldoon's career is far from over, despite suffering yet another metatarsal injury, while All Star full-back Kevin McCloy also returned to training this week ahead of Saturday night's showdown with Dublin.

"We have no worries that Enda's footballing career might be over," Cassidy said.

"This time he had an operation within 48 hours of breaking his metatarsal. A pin was inserted which will strengthen his foot and make the recovery period much shorter."

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Meanwhile, a fourth Laois player is on his way to the Parnells club in Dublin. MJ Tierney is set to join Colm Parkinson, Darren Rooney and Colm Begley after applying for a transfer from his native Ballyroan Abbey.

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