Shanahan’s error proves very costly

LIMERICK goalkeeper Albert Shanahan has paid a costly price for an unforced error which led to a crucial Cork goal in the recent Guinness Munster SHC semi final between the counties.

Confronted by a glaring sun, Shanahan allowed a long-range free from Ben O’Connor deceive him and the resultant goal firmly set Cork on the path to victory and a place in Sunday’s provincial showdown with Waterford.

As a result of his unfortunate boob, Shanahan has been dropped from next Sunday’s crucial qualifier with Tipperary at the Gaelic Grounds.

His place will be taken by U21 player John Cahill from Croom and this marks the only change on the side that fell by the wayside to Cork.

Cahill played in a number of league matches for Limerick but it was Shanahan’s greater experience that flung the dice in his favour for selection as goalkeeper for the Cork match.

Despite a number of disappointing displays by some other of his players in the semi final, manager Pa Joe Whelahan is keeping his faith in their ability to bounce back against a Tipperary side that will be announced tonight.

Wing back Ollie Moran, who starred, when drafted in at centre- back, in the Cork game, is again selected at right half back with Brian Geary holding down the pivotal berth.

Meanwhile, Galway have been forced to make one change from the team that won the National League for their qualifier with Down at Ballycran on Saturday.

Wing back Adrian Cullinane picked up an ankle injury in a recent club game and will be replaced by Fergal Moore.

Laois, who play Clare in their qualifier, are keeping their fingers crossed that dual player Darren Rooney will be available to them.

The versatile Laois wing back-cum-midfielder could be kept under wraps for the Leinster football final in which the midlanders meet the winners of next Sunday’s second semi-final involving Wexford and Westmeath at Croke Park.

Wexford manager Pat Roe has made four changes in personnel for Sunday’s Leinster SFC semi-final with Westmeath in Croke Park.

Colm Morris (suspended) and Nicky Lambert (injured) were early casualties while both George Sunderland and John Hegarty have been dropped.

Brought into the side are Pat Forde, Jason Lawlor and Leigh O'Brien, who came on as subs in the quarter-final victory over Kildare, while David Fogarty also returns following suspension.

WEXFORD SF v Westmeath: J. Cooper, D. Breen, P. Wallace, N. Murphy, R. Barry, D. Murphy, L. O'Brien, W. Carley, P. Colfer, D. Fogarty, J. Hudson, P. Forde, J. Lawlor, D. Foran, M. Forde.

MAYO v Galway (Connacht SFC): F Ruddy; C Moran, D Heaney, G Ruane; G Mullins, J Nallen, F Costello; J Gill, R McGarrity; M McNicholas, K McDonald, A Dillon; C Mortimer, T Mortimer, B Maloney.

LIMERICK (SH v Tipperary): J. Cahill; D. Realy, T. J. Ryan, M. Cahill; O. Moran, B. Geary, P. Lawlor; C. Smith, M. Foley; M. McKenna, J. P. Sheehan, N. Moran; A. O’Shaughnessy, S. O’Connor, D. Sheehan.

GALWAY (SH v Down): L. Donoghue; D. Joyce, D. Cloonan, O. Canning; D. Hardiman, D. Collins, F. Moore; David Hayes, F. Healy; A. Kerins, D. Forde, D. Tierney; Damien Hayes, E. Cloonan, K. Broderick.

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CourtsGaaPlace: Gaelic GroundsPlace: CroomPlace: BallycranPlace: Croke ParkPerson: ShanahanPerson: Albert ShanahanPerson: Ben O’ConnorPerson: John CahillPerson: CahillPerson: Joe WhelahanPerson: Ollie MoranPerson: Brian GearyPerson: Adrian CullinanePerson: Fergal MoorePerson: Darren RooneyPerson: Pat RoePerson: Colm MorrisPerson: Nicky LambertPerson: George SunderlandPerson: John HegartyPerson: Pat FordePerson: Jason LawlorPerson: Leigh O'BrienPerson: David FogartyPerson: J. CooperPerson: D. BreenPerson: P. WallacePerson: N. MurphyPerson: R. BarryPerson: D. MurphyPerson: L. O'BrienPerson: W. CarleyPerson: P. ColferPerson: D. FogartyPerson: J. HudsonPerson: P. FordePerson: J. LawlorPerson: D. ForanPerson: M. FordePerson: F RuddyPerson: C MoranPerson: D HeaneyPerson: G RuanePerson: G MullinsPerson: J NallenPerson: F CostelloPerson: J GillPerson: R McGarrityPerson: M McNicholasPerson: K McDonaldPerson: A DillonPerson: C MortimerPerson: T MortimerPerson: B MaloneyPerson: LimerickPerson: J. CahillPerson: D. RealyPerson: T. J. RyanPerson: M. CahillPerson: O. MoranPerson: B. GearyPerson: P. LawlorPerson: C. SmithPerson: M. McKennaPerson: J. P. SheehanPerson: N. MoranPerson: A. O’ShaughnessyPerson: S. O’ConnorPerson: D. SheehanPerson: GalwayPerson: L. DonoghuePerson: D. JoycePerson: D. CloonanPerson: O. CanningPerson: D. HardimanPerson: D. CollinsPerson: F. MoorePerson: David HayesPerson: F. HealyPerson: A. KerinsPerson: D. FordePerson: D. TierneyPerson: Damien HayesPerson: E. CloonanPerson: K. BroderickEvent: Guinness Munster SHC semi finalEvent: LeagueEvent: Leinster Football FinalEvent: Leinster SFCOrganisation: CorkOrganisation: WaterfordOrganisation: LimerickOrganisation: GalwayOrganisation: LaoisOrganisation: ClareOrganisation: WexfordOrganisation: WestmeathOrganisation: KildareOrganisation: Wexford SFOrganisation: MayoOrganisation: Connacht SFCOrganisation: Tipperary
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