Offaly name side for Croker clash

Offaly name side for Croker clash

Offaly manager Joe Dooley has announced his team for Sunday's Leinster SHC quarter-final against Dublin at Croke Park (throw-in 2pm).

Colin Egan will make his Championship bow at wing forward. The Belmont clubman is one of 12 players included who started Offaly's Allianz Hurling League defeat to the Dubs back in March.

Dooley is without a number of first choice players for this weekend's game. James Rigney, Paul Cleary, David Franks and Joe Brady remain on the injury list, while work commitments keep former captain Brendan Murphy out of action.

Rigney broke his arm for the second time in three months during a recent training session, with Cleary (Achilles tendon), Franks (calf muscle) and Brady, who is recovering from a hip operation, not considered.

But Derek Molloy, Joe Bergin and Daniel Currams have all shaken off knocks to take their places in the starting line-up. Bergin and Currams, who had been nursing hand and hamstring injuries respectively, will link up with talismanic skipper Shane Dooley in the full-forward line.

Offaly have won seven of their last eight Championship meetings with Dublin. The counties have not met in Leinster SHC fare since a 2-25 to 1-13 win for Offaly seven years ago. The Faithfuls have also won all four All-Ireland SHC qualifier clashes between the sides between 2003 and 2007.

OFFALY (SHC v Dublin): James Dempsey; Michael Verney, David Kenny, Stephen Egan; Dylan Hayden, Rory Hanniffy, Derek Morkan; Conor Mahon, Derek Molloy; Brian Carroll, Ger Healion, Colin Egan; Shane Dooley (capt), Joe Bergin, Daniel Currams.

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