TEAM CHECK: Wexford call on Kehoe to replace injured O'Connor

 

Wexford SH: Colm Kehoe takes over the corner back position from the injured David O'Connor for Sunday's Leinster hurling semi-final with Dublin, the opening game of a double header in Thurles.

O'Connor was ruled out with a broken finger but Kehoe has no lack of experience in the position, and was part of the All-Ireland run in 1996.

Paul Codd has recovered from a minor knee injury to take his place at wing forward, and Nicky Lambert, who will partner Rory McCarthy at midfield, was also passed fit after missing out in recent weeks through injury.

Manager Tony Dempsey also welcomes back Adrian Fenlon from a recent lay-off to take his place at centre forward. Full forward Barry Lambert is the least experienced of the team, although he appeared as a substitute last year so that the selection shows no championship debuts.

Kilkenny SH

Manager Brian Cody will have a full panel of players available this evening when he selects his team to play Offaly - with the exception of DJ Carey, who remains out of contention through injury. Defender JJ Delaney is back training after missing a short spell with a knee injury.

Sligo SF

Injured forward Paul Taylor remains absent from the Sligo team for Sunday's Connacht football semi-final against Leitrim at Markievicz Park next Sunday, but there have been some changes from the side that defeated New York last month.

Michael Langan returns from injury to start at centre back, with Neil Carew relegated to the substitutes. Brian Walsh also returns to centre forward and with Eamon O'Hara reverting back to midfield, Kieran Quinn loses out.

SLIGO (SF v Leitrim): J Curran; M Cosgrove, P Naughton, B Philips; P Doohan, M Langan, K O'Neill; E O'Hara, P Durcan; M Brehony, B Walsh, S Davey; T Brennan, D Sloyan, G McGowan.

Clare SF

The team to play Tipperary on Sunday won't be named until later in the week because of a bereavement in the family of manager Pat Begley.

Dublin SH

Several players are carrying injuries ahead of Sunday's Leinster hurling championships semi-final with Wexford in Thurles. Manager Kevin Fennelly will name his team tonight, and his main concern is over centre back Liam Ryan, so far probably Dublin's best player of their campaign.

Ryan suffered a rib injury in the quarter-final win over Meath, while his brother Kevin is also carrying a groin problem since that game. David Curtin, who missed the wins over Westmeath and Meath, remains unlikely to be passed fit while Ger Ennis (ankle injury) has not trained since before the Meath clash.

Waterford SF

Waterford return to full strength for the visit of Roscommon on Saturday evening for the first round of the All-Ireland qualifiers. Corner forward Gary Hurney missed the Munster championship loss to Clare through injury, and takes over from Ray Hennessey, while Karl O'Keeffe is also called back for David Kirwan at midfield.

WATERFORD (SF v Roscommon): P Houlihan; M Crotty, M Fitzgerald, B Wall; T Dunphy, M Ahern, J Hearne; K O'Keeffe, K Power; C Power, C Watt, L Dalton; G Hurney, M Walsh, S Walsh.

Fermanagh SF

There are four team changes and several positional switches in the team to play Armagh in Sunday's Ulster SFC semi-final in Clones. Team captain Seamus Maguire was ruled out through injury after the win over Monaghan and with Martin McGrath coming into midfield, and Tom Brewster now starting at centre forward, Martin Greene is dropped.

Ciaran Donnelly also comes into corner forward in place of Colm Bradley and with Seamus McDermott moving from wing back to wing forward Sean Burns is brought into the defence. The fourth change is a direct swap of goalkeepers, with Ronan Gallagher coming in for Dermot Feeley.

Rory Gallagher, who scored a magical 3-9 against Monaghan, once again starts at full forward, alongside Donnelly and Raymond Gallagher. Fermanagh are looking to get into their first Ulster football final since 1982, which, interestingly, was against Armagh and a game where current Armagh manager Joe Kernan appeared as a substitute.

FERMANAGH (SF v Armagh): R Gallagher; B Owens, P McGuinness, M Lilly; S Burns, J Gilheany, N Cox; P Brewster, M McGrath; R Johnston, T Brewster, S McDermott; Raymond Gallagher, Rory Gallagher, C Donnelly.

Leitrim SF

Centre-back Kieran Murray is the main injury concern for manager Declan Rowley before he selects a team this evening. Fintan McBrien and Jimmy Guckian, both substitutes against London in the first round, are in line for selection.

Offaly SH

A series of injury concerns last night delayed the naming of the Offaly team to play Kilkenny on Sunday. With the experienced Johnny Dooley currently troubled by a knee ligament injury, manager Fr Tom Fogarty took more time to examine his options, and the starting line-up is now likely to be confirmed after training tonight.

FIXTURES

FRIDAY

Munster Under-21 HC: Limerick v Clare, Limerick, 7.45, M Wadding (Waterford).

SATURDAY

All-Ireland Football Qualifiers - Round One: Waterford v Roscommon, Dungarvan, 4.15, B Duff (Kildare); Westmeath v Antrim, Casement Park, 4.15, H Beirne (Roscommon); Monaghan v Louth, Clones, 4.15, J Geaney (Cork); Wicklow v London, Aughrim, 4.15, C Broderick (Down); Longford v Down, Pearse Park, 6.15, A Mangan (Kerry); Limerick v Cavan, Gaelic Grounds, 6.15, J Smith (Meath); Tyrone v Wexford, Wexford Park, 6.15, S Prior (Leitrim); Carlow v Laois, Dr Cullen Park, 6.15, M Ryan (Limerick).

Masters Football Championship (1.0 unless stated): Group One - Leitrim v Roscommon, Ballinamore, C Collins (Mayo); Longford bye. Group Two - Antrim v Tyrone, Corrigan Park, M Henry (Cavan); Cavan v Armagh, Breffni Park, S McGonigle (Donegal); Down bye. Group Three - Louth v Laois, Drogheda, P Daly (Westmeath); Dublin v Tipperary, Fingallians, C Buckley (Offaly).

SUNDAY

Leinster SHC semi-finals: Dublin v Wexford, Thurles, 2.30, J McDonnell (Tipperary); Kilkenny v Offaly, Thurles, 4.25, W Barrett (Tipperary).

Ulster SHC final: Antrim v Down, Casement Park, 3.30, M Wadding (Waterford).

Connacht SFC semi-final: Sligo v Leitrim, Markievicz Park, 3.30, P Fox (Westmeath).

Ulster SFC semi-final: Armagh v Fermanagh, Clones, 2.40, P Russell (Tipperary).

Munster SFC semi-final: Clare v Tipperary, Killarney, 3.30, G Lynch (Fermanagh).