Sport Hurling

Tuesday 20 February 2018

Ryan keeps faith for Dubs test

TIPPERARY have stuck with the same starting 15 that romped to a Munster final win over Waterford for Sunday's All-Ireland semi-final clash with Dublin.

Manager Declan Ryan has made just one positional switch from the team that put seven goals past the Deise, with Seamus Callanan starting in the No 11 shirt and Noel McGrath switching to wing-forward.

Injury-hit Dublin will name their team after training tonight.

Meanwhile, Galway hurling officials say they have no problem with their All-Ireland U-21 semi-final against Limerick being fixed for Semple Stadium in Thurles next weekend.

It had been expected that the game might be fixed for Cusack Park in Ennis, or that the sides would toss for home advantage.

Last year the Tribesmen threatened to boycott the U-21 final against Tipperary when it was fixed for Thurles, but Galway hurling board chairman Joe Byrne says they have no problem travelling there.

"It is my understanding that Thurles will hold the U-21 All-Ireland final every year and it will only come up for review if Tipperary are involved," he said. "As a result we don't have a problem playing Limerick there on Saturday week."

Elsewhere, Eamonn McEneaney is set to continue as Monaghan football manager for another term despite the Farney County experiencing little joy in 2011. They were relegated from Division 1 of the Allianz League after winning only two of their seven matches, and lost to Tyrone and Offaly in the championship.

However, the Monaghan County Board have opted not to conduct a review of McEneaney's performance in his initial year in the hot seat.

"I was appointed for a two-year term last autumn, and the county board have decided to honour that agreement," he said. "I am already looking forward to 2012, and in September and October we'll be setting up individual training programmes for the players to follow over the winter months."

Tipperary (SHC v Dublin) -- B Cummins; P Stapleton, P Curran, M Cahill; J O'Keeffe, C O'Mahony, Padraic Maher; G Ryan, S McGrath; N McGrath, S Callanan, Patrick Maher; E Kelly, J O'Brien, L Corbett.

Irish Independent

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