Friday 25 May 2018

Treaty men lifted by Mulcahy return

Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

LIMERICK hurlers have been boosted by the return of corner-forward star Graeme Mulcahy to their starting line-up for Sunday's All-Ireland quarter-final against Dublin.

Despite doubts over his fitness, Donal O'Grady has been named in midfield alongside Paul Browne, with dual star Mark O'Riordan and Richie McCarthy the two who lose out.

Waterford have yet to announce their side but opponents Galway have underlined how settled they are by selecting the same starting 15 for the third game in a row. Their side includes only five players -- Fergal Moore, Ger Farragher, Andy Smith, Damien Hayes and Joe Canning -- who lined out against the Decies at the same stage two years ago.

Limerick's footballers, who face Wexford in the last round of the qualifiers, have named the same starting side that beat Waterford, despite speculation that key defender Tommy Stack is a big injury doubt.

Wexford centre-back David Murphy has recovered from injury to captain his team which sees one change from the side that lost the Leinster final to Dublin -- PJ Banville makes his first championship start of the season at wing-forward in place of Shane Roche.

Tyrone manager Mickey Harte has made four changes to his side for their big all-Ulster qualifier against Armagh in Omagh. Martin Swift and Sean O'Neill replace Dermot Carlin and Justin McMahon respectively in defence, Kevin Hughes returns at midfield in place of Aidan Cassidy and up front Tommy McGuigan gets the nod ahead of Martin Penrose.

Owen Mulligan , who left the panel last week but has since been persuaded to return, is among the subs, as is team captain Brian Dooher.

LIMERICK (SH v Dublin) -- N Quaid; D Moloney, S Hickey, T Condon; W McNamara, B Geary, G O'Mahony; D O'Grady, P Browne; N Moran, J Ryan, D Hannon; G Mulcahy, K Downes, S Tobin.

GALWAY (SH v Waterford) -- J Shehill; F Moore, S Kavanagh, D Collins; D Barry, T Og Regan, A Cullinane; D Burke, A Smith; J Gantley, G Farragher, I Tannian; D Hayes (capt), J Canning, A Kerins.

LIMERICK (SF v Wexford) -- B Scanlon; T Stack, S Gallagher, S Lavin; J Riordan, J McCarthy, P Ranahan; S Buckley, T Lee; S Kelly, J Mullane, M Sheehan; G Collins, S O'Carroll, I Ryan.

WEXFORD (SF v Limerick) -- A Masterson; J Wadding, G Molloy, B Malone; A Flynn, D Murphy, A Doyle; D Waters, R Quinlivan; PJ Banville, C Lyng, B Brosnan; C Morris, E Bradley, R Barry.

TYRONE (SF v Armagh) -- P McConnell; M Swift, Joe McMahon, R McMenamin; Sean O'Neill,C Gormley, P Jordan; K Hughes, S Cavanagh; C Cavanagh, B McGuigan, P Harte; T McGuigan, M Donnelly, K Coney.

Irish Independent

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