Monday 22 January 2018

O'Shea wields axe for Kilkenny clash

Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

TIPPERARY hurling boss Eamon O'Shea has made a whopping eight changes to his side to face Kilkenny on Sunday.

Lar Corbett, Michael Cahill, Conor O'Mahony, Adrian Ryan, John O'Brien, Eoin Kelly and Pa Bourke all come into the team in place of Conor O'Brien, Johnny Ryan, Shane McGrath (injured), Seamus Callanan, Patrick Maher (work commitments), Brian O'Meara and Shane Bourke.

And Darren Gleeson has been selected in goals, with Tipp indicating that they are going to rotate the goalkeeping duties between himself and Brendan Cummins during the league.

Jimmy Barry-Murphy has given Kildorrery's Peter O'Brien and Seamus Harnedy (St Ita's) their league debuts and Pa Cronin returns from suspension to bolster their side against Waterford.

Limerick hurling veteran Niall Moran returns to their starters at full-forward for their clash with Carlow.

Elsewhere, full-forward Jamie Clarke may have starred for Armagh on his return to county action last week and will line out against Derry tomorrow, but he will then miss the rest of their league campaign as he is has decided to go travelling abroad.

But he has stressed that he will be back in time to prepare for Armagh's Ulster championship opener against Cavan at Kingspan Breffini Park on May 19.

Kyle Coney will make his long-awaited return for Tyrone against Cork on Sunday.

Coney has not played for the county since getting injured in last year's NFL when he was the Red Hand's top scorer.

Colm Cavanagh and Ronan O'Neill are also back this weekend to make their first starts of the season and Conor Gormley and Cathal McCarron are drafted back into the full-back line.

Cork have picked the same team that beat Down last week, which means Graham Canty is again named at midfield.

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