Saturday 14 December 2019

Shefflin leads the attack as Kilkenny make five changes

Padraig Walsh is set to step in for brother Tommy for Kilkenny against Galway tomorrow
Padraig Walsh is set to step in for brother Tommy for Kilkenny against Galway tomorrow

Kilkenny have wheeled out most of their big guns for tomorrow's Allianz Hurling League semi-final against Galway, but there is no room for Tommy Walsh in the starting 15.

Instead it is Walsh's younger brother Padraig who gets the No 5 jersey in a defence that sees three other changes since the Cats' quarter-final victory over Wexford.

John Power, younger brother of Richie, replaces his sibling in the forwards, where Henry Shefflin is in from the start.

Brian Kennedy (St Lachtain's) starts at corner-back in place of John Holden; Padraig Walsh replaces Conor Fogarty; Brian Hogan replaces Jackie Tyrrell to start in his usual centre-back spot and Cillian Buckley replaces Kieran Joyce on the other wing.


Former Hurler of the Year Michael Fennelly, who made his first appearance of the year in the quarter-finals after a spell studying in Australia, will make his first start of the season in midfield beside Richie Hogan.

Despite coming off the bench in the quarter-finals Joe Canning is not named in Galway's starters, but his Portumna team-mate Andy Smith does come into the team.

He starts at half-forward in place of David Burke who has switched back to midfield to replace Johnny Coen, who, in turn, has been moved to corner-back to replace the injured Fergal Moore.

Moore is out with a hand injury that needed surgery since their quarter-final defeat of Limerick and, while Iarla Tannian and Niall Healy were rated doubtful with hamstring injuries, both have been named to start.

KILKENNY (SH v Galway) – E Murphy; P Murphy, JJ Delaney, B Kennedy; P Walsh, B Hogan, C Buckley; M Fennelly, R Hogan; W Walsh, C Fennelly, TJ Reid; J Power, M Kelly, H Shefflin.

GALWAY (SH) – C Callanan; J Coen, R Burke, D Collins; A Harte, I Tannian, Daithi Burke; David Burke, P Brehony; N Burke, C Cooney, A Smith; N Healy, J Glynn, C Mannion.

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