Tip­per­ary reshuf­fle for West­meath qual­i­fier

Irish Examiner - Sport - - GAA - John Fog­a­rty

John Mcgrath is a notable ab­sen­tee from the Tip­per­ary team named by Michael Ryan for to­mor­row evening’s All-ire­land qual­i­fier against West­meath, which shows six changes from the team beaten by Cork last month.

The 2016 All-star is be­lieved to be suf­fer­ing a mi­nor in­jury, although there is good news with the re­turn of Pa­trick ‘Bon­ner’ Ma­her to the half­for­ward line. Dar­ren Gleeson makes way in goal for Daragh Mooney who makes his cham­pi­onship de­but as do Tomás Hamill and Joe O’dwyer. Niall O’meara also comes into the at­tack and fit-again Don­agh Ma­her is in­tro­duced to de­fence.

Also mak­ing way are Cathal Bar­rett, who is now off the panel, Sea­mus Kennedy, John O’ke­effe, and Sean Cur­ran. Noel Mcgrath is named to start in mid­field, while James Barry moves to the cor­ner as Hamill takes the full-back berth.

Gearóid He­garty and Daragh O’donovan are in­cluded in the Lim­er­ick team to face Kilkenny in Nowlan Park to­mor­row evening at the ex­pense of cap­tain James Ryan and Graeme Mulc­ahy.

Water­ford have an­nounced one change from the team that were de­feated by Cork for their qual­i­fier clash with Of­faly. The sus­pended Stephen Bennett is re­placed by Dar­ragh Fives.

Mean­while, West­meath leg­end Dessie Dolan has ac­knowl­edged it’s in­evitable that dis­ci­plinary of­fi­cials will be in­flu­enced by TV cov­er­age of con­tro­ver­sial in­ci­dents.

Dolan crit­i­cised fel­low The Sun­day Game pun­dit Pat Spil­lane last week­end for his “pointed” com­ments about Diar­muid Con­nolly. Dolan stood over his com­ments yes­ter­day and said his “sus­pi­cions” were raised when Spil­lane be­gan “quot­ing the rules” about a likely sus­pen­sion.

“I know straight away the CCCC came out with a state­ment (say­ing they weren’t in­flu­enced),” said Dolan. “Per­son­ally, I think that when the boys high­light things it does get looked at, whether we like it or not.”

LIM­ER­ICK (SHC v Kilkenny): N. Quaid; S. Finn, R. Mc­carthy, M. Casey; D. Morrissey, D. Han­non, S. Hickey; P. Browne, D. O’donovan; D. Dempsey, C. Lynch, G. He­garty; P. Casey, S. Dowl­ing, K. Hayes. Subs: B. Hen­nessy, R. English, G. O’ma­hony, J. Ryan, P. Ryan, T. Morrissey, B. Nash, G. Mulc­ahy, T. Con­don, C. Ryan, A. Dempsey.

TIP­PER­ARY (SHC v West­meath): D. Mooney; D. Ma­her, T. Hamill, J. Barry; Joe O’dwyer, R. Ma­her, Pádraic Ma­her; B. Ma­her, N. Mcgrath; D. Mccor­mack, Pa­trick Ma­her, M. Breen; John O’dwyer, S. Cal­lanan, N. O’meara.

WATER­FORD (SHC v Of­faly): S. O’ke­effe; S. Fives, B. Cough­lan, N. Con­nors; T. de Burca, A. Gleeson, Philip Ma­hony; J. Bar­ron, C. Gleeson; K. Mo­ran, Pau­ric Ma­hony; M. Shana­han; Shane Bennett, M. Walsh, D. Fives.

OF­FALY (SHC v Water­ford): J. Dempsey; B. Con­neely, D. Shortt, P. Ca­mon; S. Gar­diner, A. Treacy, D. King; S. Ryan, J. Ber­gin; P. Mur­phy, S. Kin­sella, E. Nolan; J. Mul­rooney, S. Doo­ley, O. Kelly.

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