Flynn finally returns to lead Deise charge

PAUL FLYNN makes his first competitive appearance for Waterford since the All-Ireland semi final seven months ago in their crucial NHL tie against Galway at Pearse Stadium on Sunday.

The Ballygunner clubman has undergone a successful laser treatment for an eye problem and returns to an attack which has failed to impress in outings against Dublin and Kilkenny.

Waterford manager Justin McCarthy is well aware of the challenge facing his side against the Tribesmen, after two defeats from three games.

“To have any chance of qualifying for the knockout stage we must beat Galway, and do the same to Clare six days later,” McCarthy said.

McCarthy also welcomes back Brian Greene who makes his first start of 2003 after an injury lay off. He lines out at right corner back, alongside Tom Feeney and Brian Flannery. Behind them, Stephen Brenner returns to goalkeeping duty.

Stradbally teenager Michael Walsh is named as Tony Browne’s midfield partner with Eoin McGrath moving to right full forward.

Galway have made just one change from the side that narrowly lost to Clare on Sunday last with John Conroy taking over at midfield from the injured Ritchie Murray.

Offaly have left two places vacant in their side to meet Cork at Birr tomorrow.

Midfielder Michael Cordial and utility forward Ger Rafferty are both injury doubts. Manager Mike McNamara is still without the Birr contingent also has concerns over Kevin Kelly who is named at full forward.

Dublin, surprise victors over Waterford last weekend make two changes for their clash with Leinster rivals Laois at Parnell Park on Sunday.

Damien Sweeney comes back to partner Ciaran Keeney at midfield in place of Tom Holden while Peader McDonald replaces Mike Carton.

Wexford have made nine changes for Sunday’s home game with Limerick. Dave Guiney takes over the right corner back position from Colm Kehoe while Rory Mallon replaces Malachy Trevors at left corner back. Kieran Furlong comes in at right half back for Damien Stamp , who was sent off in the Tipp game and Liam Dunne is recalled to centre back in place of Declan Ruth, who has been ruled out with a hamstring injury.

Rory McCarthy is preferred to Mike O’Leary at midfield. Trevor Kelly is named at right half forward and takes over from Tomas Mahon. Donal Berry is selected at centre forward in place of Ger Coleman.

Fergal Lynch makes his first competitive start for the Clare senior hurlers, who take on All-Ireland champions Kilkenny at Nowlan Park, on Sunday.

WATERFORD SH v Galway): S. Brenner; B. Greene. T. Feeney. B. Flannery; E. Murphy. F. Hartley. J. Murray; T. Browne. M. Walsh; D. Shanahan. K. McGrath. D. Bennett; E. McGrath. A., Moloney. P. Flynn

WEXFORD SH v Limerick): D. Fitzhenry; D. Guiney, D. O’Connor, R. Mallon; K. Furlon, L. Dunne, K. Rafferty; A. Fenlon, R. McCarthy; T. Kelly, D. Berry, B. Goff; P. Codd, A. O’Leary, C. McGrath.

OFFALY SH v Cork: S. Byrne; K. Brady, G. Oakley, B. Teehan; C. Cassidy, J. Brady, D. Franks; A. N. Other, A. Hanrahan; B. Carroll, A. N. Other, N. Coughlan; B. Murphy, K. Kelly, D. Murray.

DUBLIN SH v Laois: G. Ryan; C. Wilson, C. O’Donoghue, C. Meehan; K. Wilson, S. Perkins, S. Hiney; C. Keaney, D. Sweeney; T. Moore, L. Ryan, S. McDonnell; T. McGrane, P. McDonald, K. Flynn.

CLARE SH v Kilkenny: D. Fitzgerald; C. Harrison, B. Lohan, F. Lohan; C. Plunkett, S. McMahon, G. Quinn; C. Lynch, J. O’Connor; T. Griffen, F. Lynch, A. Markham; N. Gilligan, T. Carmody, B. Murphy.

GALWAY SH v Waterford: L. O’Donoghue; D. Joyce, L. Hodgins, O. Canning; T. O’regan, D. Cloonan, S. Kennedy; A. Coen, J. Conroy; R. Gantley, C. Moore, D. Tierney; A. Kerins, O. Fahy, K. Broderick.

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