Friday, June 15, 2012
Tony Browne is not included in Waterford’s starting side for Sunday’s Munster SHC semi-final clash with Clare.
Manager Michael Ryan’s selection features four championship debutants — goalkeeper Stephen O’Keeffe, defenders Stephen Daniels and Philip Mahony and corner-forward Gavin O’Brien.
It’s not the first time Browne has been a surprise omission from a Waterford team — in 2004 he withdrew from the Munster SHC clash with Waterford on the morning of the game but that was down to a leg injury.
Noel Connors also misses out, but the Passage corner-back has been struggling with a back injury for much of the season.
His absence means a call-up for Stephen Daniels, who has starred in recent seasons for De La Salle.
Up front Eoin Kelly starts at wing-forward, having missed much of the league while working on his fitness away from the rest of the panel, while Gavin O’Brien’s free-scoring league form is rewarded with a start at corner-forward. Meanwhile Joe Canning starts for Galway in their Leinster SHC semi-final against Offaly. ThePortumna star has been sidelined with a shoulder injury which ruled him out of the victory over Westmeath. Goalkeeper James Skehill, out with a shoulder injury since March, returns to a side which sees Joseph Cooneyreplace Paul Gordon in the half-back line, midfielder David Burke move to half-forward in a swap with Iarla Tannian, while Davy Glennon makes way for Canning.
Meath manager Seamus McEnaney has made just one change to his side for Sunday’s Leinster senior football championship replay with Carlow.
Paddy Gilsenan loses out with Damien Carroll (Ballinabrackey) named at centre forward .
Alan McCrabbe and Ryan O’Dwyer are Dublin’s only injury concerns ahead of tomorrow week’s Leinster semi-final against Kilkenny.
O’Dwyer broke his nose in a challenge game against Cork in Limerick on Saturday, while McCrabbe hurt his ankle in training last week.
Manager Anthony Daly expects the pair to be fit for the Portlaoise game.
"We had a bit of a scare with McCrabbe — we thought he was killed but there is great pliability about him.
He’ll have to skip the weekend but I think he will be available all right.
"We were training and whatever way he landed and hurt the ankle and we thought there was a crack but there was none.
"He had an MRI on Monday so he had to sit out the match with Cork and will be back for next Tuesday night."
He added about Wednesday night’s narrow defeat to Cork: "I think Ryan O’Dwyer has a broken nose again but that won’t do him any harm."
Long-term injury victim Martin Quilty remains out while Paul Schutte returns to training this weekend but won’t be available to face Kilkenny.
WATERFORD (SH v Clare): S O’Keeffe; A Kearney, L Lawlor, S Daniels; R Foley, M Walsh, P Mahony; K Moran, S Molumphy; M Shanahan, S Prendergast, E Kelly; J Mullane, S Walsh, G O’Brien.
GALWAY (SH v Offaly): J Skehill; N Donohue, K Hynes, F Moore; J Cooney, T Óg Regan, J Coen; I Tannian, A Smith; D Burke, N Burke, C Donnellan; D Hayes, J Canning, C Cooney.
MEATH (SF v Carlow): D Gallagher; D Keogan, K Reilly, B Menton; D Tobin, S McAnarney, M Burke; C Gillespie, B Meade; A Forde, D Carroll, G Reilly; B Farrell, J Sheridan, C Ward.
Saturday (June 23): Leinster SHC semi-final: Dublin v Kilkenny, O’Moore Park, Portlaoise, 5pm, (B Kelly, Westmeath), (RTÉ).
All-Ireland SHC Preliminary Round: Limerick v Laois, Gaelic Grounds, 7.30pm, (M Wadding, Waterford); Wexford v Westmeath, Wexford Park, (C Lyons, Cork), ET if required.
Sunday (June 24): Connacht SFC semi-final: Mayo v Leitrim, Elverys MacHale Park, Castlebar, (M Higgins, Fermanagh).
Ulster SFC semi-final: Down v Monaghan, Morgan Athletic, 2pm, (Michael Duffy, Sligo), (RTÉ/BBC).
Munster SHC semi-final: Cork v Tipperary, Páirc Uí Chaoimh, 4pm, (B Gavin, Offaly), (RTÉ).