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Saturday 20 January 2018

Davy Fitzgerald and Anthony Daly set for battle in back door qualifier

Davy Fitzgerald. Photo: Sportsfile
Davy Fitzgerald. Photo: Sportsfile
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Davy Fitzgerald and Anthony Daly will go head to head on the sideline of the pitch where as players they plotted the downfall of hurling's hierarchy in the mid-1990s.

The second round of the early morning championship draws for Phase II of the hurling qualifiers took place yesterday and pitted the old Clare team-mates together -- Dublin's punishment for losing to Kilkenny was a trip to Ennis to face the Banner.

For Daly personally it has to be the worst of the four possible options that the draw could have presented for his team.

Even a home match against Clare, who Dublin faced in a 2010 qualifier at Croke Park -- when another former Clare colleague, Ger 'Sparrow' O'Loughlin, was Banner manager -- would have been better than having to take a team to Cusack Park.

Fitzgerald and Daly have faced each other as managers before, during Fitzgerald's four years in charge of Waterford, but only in the league.

Daly will be hoping that Conal Keaney makes a quick recovery from the hamstring injury that forced him out of the Kilkenny game early on.

Joey Boland and Ryan O'Dwyer are other injury concerns as Dublin seek to pick themselves up from the wreckage of Portlaoise.

Meanwhile, Cork dual star Eoin Cadogan is faced with a hard choice on the same weekend, as the Rebel hurlers prepare to play Offaly at Pairc Ui Chaoimh on the day before the Cork footballers meet Clare in the Munster final.

Cadogan has tended in the past to show more loyalty to the hurlers and with the footballers expected to ease past Clare he may choose to make himself available for the hurling qualifier, which presents a more difficult challenge.

Offaly lost last year's qualifier to the Rebels by just a single point, 2-17 to 2-16.

Draw details in factfile

Irish Independent

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