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Hayes unlikely to return for Cork

Cork footballer John Hayes

By Michael Ellard
THE return of John Hayes to the Cork senior football team could be put on hold following the Carbery Rangers ace’s failure to finish yesterday’s Sigerson Cup match with UCC.

Hayes missed Cork’s victory over Kerry in the McGrath Cup final and last weekend’s League defeat by Offaly with a leg injury. He has been named in the side to meet Kerry in the second round of the League at Páirc Uí Rinn on Saturday night but is unlikely to start.

After converting a penalty that propelled UCC to victory over NUIG, Hayes collapsed in agony and limped off. The extent of his injury has yet to be determined but his prospects of playing on Saturday appear to be bleak.

Kerry, who lost to Mayo in their opening game, are not due to name their team until tomorrow.

Meanwhile, Limerick manager Mikey Ned O’Sullivan has passed a vote of confidence in the team which beat Roscommon in their opening game at the Gaelic Grounds, for Sunday’s visit to Longford.

Following their victory over Cork in the opening round, it comes as no surprise that Offaly are unchanged for Sunday’s away fixture against Mayo.

The only doubt is centre-back Scott Brady. He was selected for the Cork game but injury forced him to cry off. He has again been named at the heart of the defence but must first face a fitness test and should he fail this James Rafferty will again deputise.

Following their first round victory against Sligo last Sunday, Tipperary manager Seamus McCarthy has named an unchanged team for the visit of Westmeath to Semple Stadium on Saturday (2:30).

Armagh’s injury woes have increased with the news that Andy Mallon will miss Sunday’s NFL clash against Meath.

Mallon suffered a recurrence of a hamstring injury in Sunday’s defeat by Kildare and will be out for at least a couple of weeks.

On the plus side, Francie Bellew should be available after missing the Kildare game because of flu.

Oisin McConville has resumed training after injury and could be pressed into service against Meath.

Armagh’s casualty list is highlighted by Ronan Clarke, Brian Mallon and Paul McGrane but in total, 12 panellists are unavailable to Joe Kernan.

The O’Rourke brothers, Martin and Aidan, are ruled out by groin injuries while Malachy Macken will be out for some time after suffering a cartilage injury.

Meanwhile, Peter Lawlor has stunned the Limerick hurling management by withdrawing from the panel.

Lawlor, who was the county’s only Allstar nominee last November and was ‘Man of the Match’ in the All-Ireland semi final, failed to figure in Limerick’s pre-season programme.

"We were all taken by surprise," said Limerick County Board Secretary Jim Hartigan. "It was Peter’s choice to opt out but we are very disappointed as he had been very much part of Joe McKenna’s plans."

It is understood that Lawlor, winner of two All-Ireland U 21 medals, will continue to play with his club, Croom.

Although Kilkenny have qualified for Saturday’s Walsh Cup final against Wexford at Nowlan Park, manager Brian Cody has warned that the season could go any way.

"We are in a situation where I can’t see how the team will pan out," observed the James Stephens man. "It will be interesting at the end of the League to see how we have performed. All I would be hoping for is that we would have shown improvement, and signs that the basics of a team were there."

Since 1998, the year Cody’s cousin Kevin Fennelly was manager, Kilkenny have contested six All-Ireland finals, winning three. They won three of the last four National Leagues and captured seven Leinster championships. For the National League that will commence with a home game against Laois on Sunday week, the Cats will be without DJ Carey and others.

"The team that had been there, if you like, served the county well," Cody continued. "Everyone loves to talk about a team as if it is a fixture, but we are not in that situation at the moment.

"We have had a good run and we got terrific service from many different players. We (with fellow selectors Michael Dempsey and Martin Fogarty) are absolutely certain that we have to build a new team."

While Cody will have experienced players like Henry Shefflin, James McGarry, Derek Lyng, Michael Kavanagh and Martin Comerford to call upon, much will depend on how youngsters like Richie Power, Aidan Fogarty, Michael Rice, Willie O’Dwyer, Peter Cleere and others cope with the demands of the senior game.

"There is no point in people thinking there is a ready-made team there," the Kilkenny manager added "there isn’t as far as we are concerned.

"Playing at this level is a step up for many of the players we have in the panel."

Still, Cody is optimistic because there is "potential" there.

"It will be interesting to see where we are at the end of the League.

"People can be patient, impatient or whatever, but this is not a job that can be rushed," he continued.

LIMERICK (SF v Longford): S. Kiely; S. Gallagher, J. McCarthy, P. Browne, C. Mullane, D. Reidy, S. Lavin; J. Galvin, S. Lucey; P. Ahern, T. Carroll; S. Buckley,M. Crowley (cap), J. Murphy, M. Reidy.

OFFALY (SF v Mayo): P. Kelly; K. Lynam, S. Casey, B. Mooney; N. Coughlan, S. Brady, N. Grennan; R. Connor, A. McNamee; J. Reynolds, C. McManus, L. Mooney; T. Deehan, P. Kellaghan, N. McNamee.

TIPPERARY (SF v Westmeath): P. Fitzgerald; P. King, N. Kelly, A. Morrissey; M. Phelan (Captain), R. Costigan, C. Maher; E. Hanrahan, G. Hannigan, A. Fitzgerald; B. Hickey, N Fitzgerald; B. Mulvihill, D. Browne, D. O’Brien.

 

Hayes unlikely to return for Cork

Cork footballer John Hayes

By Michael Ellard
THE return of John Hayes to the Cork senior football team could be put on hold following the Carbery Rangers ace’s failure to finish yesterday’s Sigerson Cup match with UCC.

Hayes missed Cork’s victory over Kerry in the McGrath Cup final and last weekend’s League defeat by Offaly with a leg injury. He has been named in the side to meet Kerry in the second round of the League at Páirc Uí Rinn on Saturday night but is unlikely to start.

After converting a penalty that propelled UCC to victory over NUIG, Hayes collapsed in agony and limped off. The extent of his injury has yet to be determined but his prospects of playing on Saturday appear to be bleak.

Kerry, who lost to Mayo in their opening game, are not due to name their team until tomorrow.

Meanwhile, Limerick manager Mikey Ned O’Sullivan has passed a vote of confidence in the team which beat Roscommon in their opening game at the Gaelic Grounds, for Sunday’s visit to Longford.

Following their victory over Cork in the opening round, it comes as no surprise that Offaly are unchanged for Sunday’s away fixture against Mayo.

The only doubt is centre-back Scott Brady. He was selected for the Cork game but injury forced him to cry off. He has again been named at the heart of the defence but must first face a fitness test and should he fail this James Rafferty will again deputise.

Following their first round victory against Sligo last Sunday, Tipperary manager Seamus McCarthy has named an unchanged team for the visit of Westmeath to Semple Stadium on Saturday (2:30).

Armagh’s injury woes have increased with the news that Andy Mallon will miss Sunday’s NFL clash against Meath.

Mallon suffered a recurrence of a hamstring injury in Sunday’s defeat by Kildare and will be out for at least a couple of weeks.

On the plus side, Francie Bellew should be available after missing the Kildare game because of flu.

Oisin McConville has resumed training after injury and could be pressed into service against Meath.

Armagh’s casualty list is highlighted by Ronan Clarke, Brian Mallon and Paul McGrane but in total, 12 panellists are unavailable to Joe Kernan.

The O’Rourke brothers, Martin and Aidan, are ruled out by groin injuries while Malachy Macken will be out for some time after suffering a cartilage injury.

Meanwhile, Peter Lawlor has stunned the Limerick hurling management by withdrawing from the panel.

Lawlor, who was the county’s only Allstar nominee last November and was ‘Man of the Match’ in the All-Ireland semi final, failed to figure in Limerick’s pre-season programme.

"We were all taken by surprise," said Limerick County Board Secretary Jim Hartigan. "It was Peter’s choice to opt out but we are very disappointed as he had been very much part of Joe McKenna’s plans."

It is understood that Lawlor, winner of two All-Ireland U 21 medals, will continue to play with his club, Croom.

Although Kilkenny have qualified for Saturday’s Walsh Cup final against Wexford at Nowlan Park, manager Brian Cody has warned that the season could go any way.

"We are in a situation where I can’t see how the team will pan out," observed the James Stephens man. "It will be interesting at the end of the League to see how we have performed. All I would be hoping for is that we would have shown improvement, and signs that the basics of a team were there."

Since 1998, the year Cody’s cousin Kevin Fennelly was manager, Kilkenny have contested six All-Ireland finals, winning three. They won three of the last four National Leagues and captured seven Leinster championships. For the National League that will commence with a home game against Laois on Sunday week, the Cats will be without DJ Carey and others.

"The team that had been there, if you like, served the county well," Cody continued. "Everyone loves to talk about a team as if it is a fixture, but we are not in that situation at the moment.

"We have had a good run and we got terrific service from many different players. We (with fellow selectors Michael Dempsey and Martin Fogarty) are absolutely certain that we have to build a new team."

While Cody will have experienced players like Henry Shefflin, James McGarry, Derek Lyng, Michael Kavanagh and Martin Comerford to call upon, much will depend on how youngsters like Richie Power, Aidan Fogarty, Michael Rice, Willie O’Dwyer, Peter Cleere and others cope with the demands of the senior game.

"There is no point in people thinking there is a ready-made team there," the Kilkenny manager added "there isn’t as far as we are concerned.

"Playing at this level is a step up for many of the players we have in the panel."

Still, Cody is optimistic because there is "potential" there.

"It will be interesting to see where we are at the end of the League.

"People can be patient, impatient or whatever, but this is not a job that can be rushed," he continued.

LIMERICK (SF v Longford): S. Kiely; S. Gallagher, J. McCarthy, P. Browne, C. Mullane, D. Reidy, S. Lavin; J. Galvin, S. Lucey; P. Ahern, T. Carroll; S. Buckley,M. Crowley (cap), J. Murphy, M. Reidy.

OFFALY (SF v Mayo): P. Kelly; K. Lynam, S. Casey, B. Mooney; N. Coughlan, S. Brady, N. Grennan; R. Connor, A. McNamee; J. Reynolds, C. McManus, L. Mooney; T. Deehan, P. Kellaghan, N. McNamee.

TIPPERARY (SF v Westmeath): P. Fitzgerald; P. King, N. Kelly, A. Morrissey; M. Phelan (Captain), R. Costigan, C. Maher; E. Hanrahan, G. Hannigan, A. Fitzgerald; B. Hickey, N Fitzgerald; B. Mulvihill, D. Browne, D. O’Brien.