Tipperary reshuffle for Westmeath qualifier
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.