Mulligan out of league leaders’ trip to Cork

OWEN MULLIGAN has been ruled out of Tyrone’s Allianz National Football League clash with Cork on Sunday by a hamstring injury.

The Cookstown man was forced out of last weekend’s win over Offaly after just 18 minutes.

He was replaced by Martin Penrose, who emerged as one of the side’s best attackers, scoring three points, but Colm McCullagh gets the nod for the trip to Páirc Uí Rinn.

McCullagh, who was selected for last Sunday’s game, had to cry off because of ‘flu, with Ryan Mellon coming in. Mellon retains his place, wearing Mulligan’s number 14 shirt, with McCullagh slotting in at corner-forward.

Joe McMahon makes his first start of the season as replacement at right half-back for Conor Gormley, who picked up a straight red card during last Sunday’s Healy Park tie.

And manager Mickey Harte appears to have revisited his policy of rotating his goalkeepers, with Pascal McConnell, who lost out to John Devine last time out, back as the last line of defence.

Laois make one change to the side defeated in a thriller by Armagh last Sunday for their Leinster derby with Kildare.

Darren Rooney moves to wing-back, with Tom Kelly coming in at centre-back for Kieran Kelly.

Wexford manager Pat Roe has made two changes from the team which comprehensively defeated Limerick last week for Sunday’s crucial game against Sligo in Markievicz Park.

U-21 goalkeeper Anthony Masterson will make his senior debut between the posts in place of John Cooper, while Nicky Lambert, who came on as a second-half substitute, retains his place at the expense of Brendan Doyle.

Kieran Kennedy takes over from Redmond Barry, who will line out in Thurles with the senior hurlers. It was Lambert’s first game since he broke his shin in last year’s Leinster championship game against Kildare.

Roe has urged caution for Sunday’s clash. “It’s a long trip for us and we’ll have to overnight, so from that perspective it’s not going to be easy.”

John Maughan has made one change on the Mayo team for Sunday’s trip to Tullamore from the side that defeated Cork last week, with Gary Mullins replacing Pat Kelly at right half-back.

Offaly, defeated by Tyrone last time out, have made two changes.

James Brennan replaces Joe Quinn at midfield, while Mark Daly comes in at right half-forward to the exclusion of Pascal Kelleghan.

Sean Boylan has postponed naming his team for the home clash with Wicklow until tonight, because of injuries picked up by Niall McLoughlin, Tommy O’Connor and Ollie Murphy in last week’s match against Tipperary.

Monaghan manager Seamus McEneaney makes three changes in personnel and a few positional switches from the team that lost to Fermanagh for the trip to London.

Out go Mark Daly, James Ward and Stephen Gollogly. They are replaced by James Conlon, Vinny Corey, both getting their first starts, and John Paul Mone, recalled to the half-back line.

Meanwhile, there’s still no Ken McGrath, Tony Browne or Paul Flynn in the Waterford line-up for Sunday’s Division 1A National Hurling League clash against Dublin at Walsh Park.

Dave Sweeney makes his first league appearance of the season for the Dubs at right half-forward, with Fergal Chambers coming into the team at top of the left.

Wexford make three changes for the meeting with Tipperary in Thurles. Declan Ruth returns from injury at full-back, taking over from the injured David O’Connor. Malachy Travers makes his first start of the year after recovering from a shoulder injury, replacing John O’Connor, who is studying for exams in UCD.

The third change sees David O’Brien come in at full-forward for his first league start since 2002.

Kilkenny’s proposal that the experimental rules in hurling and football be abandoned forthwith will be debated at a meeting of the Central Council in Croke Park tomorrow.

TYRONE (SF v Cork): P McConnell; R McMenamin, E McGinley, M McGee; J. McMahon, G. Devlin, B. Donnelly; B Meenan, P Donnelly; B Dooher, S O’Neill, S Cavanagh; M Coleman, R Mellon, C McCullagh.

OFFALY (SF v Mayo): P. Kelly; S. Sullivan, C. Evans, N. Greenan; B. Mooney, S. Brady, C. Slattery; D. McNamee, J. Brennan; M. Daly, C. McManus, N. Coughlan; C. Quinn, J. Reynolds, J. Coughlan.

MAYO (SF v Offaly): D. Clarke; L. O’Malley, D. Heaney, K. Higgins; G. Mullins, J. Nallen, P. Gardiner; M. Moyles, BJ Padden; J. Gill, C. McDonald, A. Kilcoyne; C. Mortimer, A. Dillon, J. Prenty.

KILDARE (SF v Laois): E. Murphy; A. Rainbow, D. Henby, A. McLoughlin; M. Wright, G. Ryan, C. Lennon; K. Brennan, M. Foley; E. Callaghan, D. McCormack, R. Sweeney; T. Fennon, R. Glavin, J. Doyle.

LAOIS (SF v Kildare): F. Byron (capt), P. McDonald, C. Begley, T. McDonald; D. Rooney, T. Kelly, P. McMahon; P. Clancy, N. Garvan; R. Munnelly, C. Conway, M. Dunne; S. Cooke, S. Kelly, G. Kavanagh.

WEXFORD (SF v Sligo): A. Masterson; C. Morris, P. Wallace, N. Murphy; R. Mageean, D. Murphy, S. Cullen; D. Kinsella, N. Lambert; K. Kennedy, P. Colfer, J. Hegarty; D. Fogarty, J. Hudson (capt), M. Forde.

MONAGHAN: (SF v London): S Duffy, G McQuaid, C Flanagan, J Conlon, D Freeman, J Coyle, JP Mone, F Duffy, J McElroy, V Corey, R Woods, P Finlay, D McArdle, R Ronaghan, T Freeman.

WATERFORD (SH v Dublin): C. Hennessy; T. Feeney, F. Hartley, E. Murphy; D. Coffey, J. Murray, B. Wall; N. Walsh, B. Phelan; D. Shanahan, E. Kelly; D. Bennett; P. O’Brien, S. Prendergast, J. Mullane. Subs: S. Brenner, T. Browne, P. Flynn, E. McGrath, A. Moloney, J. Kennedy, J. O'Leary, L. Lawlor, G. Power.

DUBLIN (SH v Waterford): G Maguire; G O’Meara, T Russell, S O’Shea; S Hiney, M Carton, P Bergin; C Meehan, G Bennett; D Sweeney, D Curtin, E Moran; E Carroll, J Kingston, F Chambers. Subs: W Bourke, M Breathnach, C Billings, T Sweeney, S Daly, C Hennebry, T Sommers, S Mullen, D Brennan.

WEXFORD (SH v Tipperary): D. Fitzhenry; C. Kehoe, D. Ruth, K. Rossiter; M. Travers, D. Stamp, D. Lyng; E. Quigley, M. Jacob (capt.); P. Carley, W. Doran, N. Higgins; R. Barry, D. O’Brien, D. Mythen.

DOWN (SH v Limerick): G. Clarke; L. Clarke, S. Murray, P. Hughes; G. Clarke, G. Savage, S. Coulter; S. Wilson, A. Savage; B. McGourley, G. Johnson, S. Clarke; J. McCusker, M. Coulter, E. Clarke.

OFFALY (SH v Kildare): B. Mullins; K. Gogan, J. Brady, C. Cassidy; D. Hoctor, G. Hanniffy, K. Brady; M. Corcoran, G. Oakley; P. Mulhaire, N. O’Hara, R. Hanniffy; C. Parlon, S. Browne, D. Murray.

MONAGHAN (SH v Fermanagh): M McHugh; S Loftus, J McHugh, F Payne; P Murphy, A Hughes, E Hearne; D Farragher, G Sullivan; R Healy, S Sullivan, B McArdle; P Dowdall, R Woods, B O’Brien.

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