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Thursday 14 December 2017

Dubs can send Cats on a qualifier collision course with Tipp

Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

A REMARKABLE glamour tie could occur in the All-Ireland hurling qualifiers if Dublin go one further than last Sunday and knock Kilkenny out of the Leinster championship in Saturday's replay.

That's because the SH qualifiers draw has lined up Tipperary to meet the losers.

Yesterday's draw for Phase Two saw Clare get home advantage against Laois, in Ennis, on July 6.

But Tipperary, who suffered a shock defeat by Limerick in Munster, will have to travel to either Nowlan or Parnell Park the same day, depending on who wins Saturday's Leinster semi-final replay in Portlaoise.

Phase One of hurling's back-door involves Wexford against Carlow and Westmeath versus Waterford, which take place in Wexford Park and Mullingar respectively this Saturday.

The winners of Phase One and Phase Two eventually meet to decide two All-Ireland quarter-final spots.

Meanwhile, Clare GAA chairman Michael 'Malty' McDonagh has expressed "serious concern" for the welfare of John Conlon after the forward suffered concussion during last Sunday's Munster SHC semi-final against Clare.

Conlon was on the receiving end of a challenge from William Egan that was highlighted on 'The Sunday Game' and resulted in his 20th-minute substitution.

Speaking immediately after the game, Clare manager Davy Fitzgerald said that he was unhappy about the incident that led to Conlon's concussion.

McDonagh backed up the Banner County manager as he confirmed that Conlon was allowed home from hospital late on Sunday evening, following treatment.

The talented Clonlara forward – an All-Ireland U-21 medallist in 2009 – will be sidelined for a week to 10 days as a result.

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