Weekend GAA Championship Team News

Updated: June 8, 2012

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Limerick footballers have received a huge boost prior to their Munster Championship tie against Clare on Saturday night, as it has emerged that he could be back playing much sooner than anticipated.

After missing last season due to a cruciate ligament tear, he suffered a recurrence of the injury in a game against Fermanagh last April. As a result it was feared that he would have to miss Limerick’s championship campaign for a second consecutive year.

However it has now emerged that he has been back training with the squad and there is a chance that he could be on the substitute bench against the Claremen. Limerick are due to select their side tonight for the game which is on at the Gaelic Grounds on Saturday evening, with a 7.30 start.

In other GAA news, Sligo have made two changes from the side that defeated New York for their clash against Galway which is also on Saturday evening. Johnny Martyn will start at full-back instead of Noel McGuire while Eugene Mullen replaces the injured Tony Taylor. Not surprisingly following their emphatic victory over Roscommon in their opening championship tie, Galway have named an unchanged side for the fixture, which takes place at Pearse Stadium.

Galway: A. Faherty, K. McGrath, F. Hanley, K. Kelly, G. Bradshaw, J. Duane, G. O’Donnell, J. Bergin, G. Higgins, G. Sice, D. Burke, T. Flynn, S. Armstrong, P. Conroy, M. Hehir.

Sligo (SF v Galway): P. Greene, N. Ewing, J. Martyn, R. Donovan, C. Harrison, M. Quinn, P. McGovern, S. McManus, E. Mullen, B. Egan, P. Hughes, A. Costello, S. Coen, A. Marren, M. Breheny.

Kerry Make Changes
Kerry have named their team for Sunday’s intriguing Munster Championship clash with Cork in Pairc Ui Chaoimh.

Unsurprisingly changes have been made following their rather tame display against Tipperary, with the biggest one being the return of Kieran Donaghy. The Austin Stacks clubman was left out of the team for that game due to discipline reasons, but have coming on a substitute that day, he returns to the starting fifteen here. As a result Patrick Curtin loses out, while in other changes Aidan O’Mahony and Marc O’Shea start in place of Daniel Bohan and Brian Maguire.

In addition, in a big blow to the Kingdom, Bryan Sheehan has been ruled out due to injury. His place goes to Seamus Scanlon.

Team: Brendan Kealy, Marc O’Se, Aidan O’Mahony, Killian Young, Tomas O’Se, Eoin Brosnan, Peter Crowley, Anthony Maher, Seamus Scanlon, Paul Galvin, Declan O’Sullivan, Darren O’Sullivan, Colm Cooper (captain), Kieran Donaghy, Kieran O’Leary.
Substitutes: Brian Kelly, Patrick Curtin, Shane Enright, Daniel Bohan, James O’Donoghue, Brian Maguire, Barry John Keane, Johnny Buckley, Jonathan Lyne, Michael Geaney, Fionn Fitzgerald.

1. Alan Quirke
2. Ray Carey
3. Michael Shields
4. Eoin Cadogan
5. Paudie Kissane
6. Graham Canty
7. Noel O Leary
8. Alan O’Connor
9. Aidan Walsh
10. Fintan Goold
11. Pearse O’Neill
12. Patrick Kelly
13. Colm O’Neill
14. Donncha O’Connor
15. Paul Kerrigan

Conor Counihan has kept faith with the team that started the League Final against Mayo, though there are a number of positional changes. Aidan Walsh reverts to mid-field, with Donncha O’Connor filling the full forward berth, while Pearse O’Neill moves to centre forward. Patrick Kelly starts on the wing, with Paul Kerrigan moving into the corner.


Brian Scanlon, Johnny McCarthy , Paudie Browne, Lorcan O’Dwyer; Stephen Lavin, John Riordan, Pa Ranahan; Thomas Lee, Paul Kinnerk ; Iain Corbett, Stephen Kelly, Seanie Buckley; Ger Collins, Seamus O’Carroll, Ian Ryan.

Subs: Donal O’Sullivan , Damien Quaid, Andrew Lane, Stephen Lucey, Jim O’Donovan, John gALVIN, John Cooke, Eoin Barry, Eoghan O’Connor, James O’Meara, Graham O’Connell.


Joe Hayes; Kevin Harnett, Shane McNelis, Lawrence Healy; Martin McMahon, Gordon Kelly, John Hayes; Gary Brennan, Ger Quinlan; Shane McGrath, Enda Coughlan, Alan Clohessy; Michael O’Shea, David Tubridy, Rory Donnelly.

Subs: Tony Burke, Shane Brennan, Niall Browne, David Russell, Barry Harnett, Dara Blake, Sean Haugh, Joe Dowling, Michael Foran, Tom Downes, Timmy Ryan.

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