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Canavan makes instant impact

PETER Canavan's immediate impact as Fermanagh's new football manager was evident when he announced his panel for the McKenna Cup yesterday, WRITES CLIONA FOLEY.

Niall Bogue, Mark Little, Liam Lynch, Shane Lyons, James Sherry and Seamus Quigley were among 11 players who withdrew their services last year when John O'Neill was in charge.

But they are all included in Canavan's first squad of the year, which also features veterans Barry Owens and Ryan Keenan.

Elsewhere, former Fianna Fail minister Noel Treacy has been elected chairman of Galway's county board.

Treacy won a 114-49 victory over local stalwart John Fahey, who said he was disappointed with the outcome and would not be going forward as a candidate for Connacht Council.

Galway have agreed to recommend two motions from the Corofin club to Connacht Council. Corofin's motions are that no club should play a provincial championship match on their home ground regardless of the county status of the ground.

They also want referees to have taken charge of a county senior final in their own county before they are considered for a provincial final.


An unanswered six-point scoring salvo in the final 10 minutes steered St Kieran's to yet another Leinster trophy yesterday when they came from behind to deny a gallant and unlucky St Brendan's, Birr by 1-11 to 1-6 in the Colleges SHL 'A' final.

St Kieran's held a 1-5 to 0-5 lead at the break, and while a Paddy Mullins goal put the Offaly side ahead, the Kilkenny side turned on the style in the closing quarter.

Scorers -- St Kieran's: M Donnelly 0-5 (4f, 1 '65'), C Prendergast 1-0, J McGrath 0-3, C Bolger 0-2, E Morrissey 0-1. St Brendan's: E Nolan 0-3f, Paddy Mullins 1-0, Sean O'Connor 2f, C Guilfoyle 0-1.

St Kieran's -- N Keogh; D Hennessy, R Lennon, W Allen; C Wafer, A Cleere, E Byrne; M Donnelly, P Kenneally; J McGrath, E Morrissey, C Bolger; C Treacy, C Prendergast, B Leydon. Subs: D Burke for Leydon (27), R O'Hanrahan for Wafer (37), S Farrell for Treacy (39).

St Brendan's -- K Bergin; Cr Walsh, B Connors, K Donovan; C Mulrooney, E Hayes, C Fitzgerald; Seamus O'Connor, P Mullins; E Nolan, K Dunne, C Doughan; D Cleary, C Guilfoyle, Sean O'Connor. Subs: J Molloy for Cleary (49), B Donnelly for Seamus O'Connor (58).

Ref -- B Reilly (Laois).


IRELAND captain William Porterfield has been given the honour of leading an International Cricket Council XI in a three-day match against England in Dubai next month.

Porterfield is one of four Ireland players in a 12-man squad chosen from the ICC Associate and Affiliate teams -- Boyd Rankin, Paul Stirling and George Dockrell are the others.


JOHN JOE NEVIN helped Paris United to an away win over Ken Egan and Con Sheehan's Leipzig Leopards in the World Series of Boxing in Germany last night.

The Cavan BC bantamweight, who was fighting at lightweight, sealed a unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 49-46) over Denmark's Rashid Kassem. Egan and Sheehan were not in action for the Leopards.

Meanwhile, Jason Quigley and Sean Turner are going to Hollywood tomorrow. The Irish middleweight and super-heavyweight will line out for the Los Angles Matadors versus the Bangkok Elephants.

Donegal-born Quigley will face Aussie Troy Trevor O'Meley and Dublin-born Turner is in against Anatolii Antoniuk of the Ukraine.

Irish Independent