O’Sullivan in for Waterford as Galway ring the changes

WATERFORD make one change from the team that narrowly defeated Wexford for tomorrow’s NHL clash with All-Ireland champions Cork at Páirc Uí Rinn.

UCC’s Shane O’Sullivan is in at left corner-forward as a replacement for his Ballygunner clubmate Gearoid O’Connor, who was substituted on his league debut last Sunday.

Another of last Sunday’s debutants, Conor Carey of Passage East, gets another chance at right corner-forward alongside Jack Kennedy and O’Sullivan.

John Mullane continues at wing forward, with Seamus Prendergast again on the 40.

Galway manager Conor Hayes and his selectors have made two changes in personnel and a host of positional switches as they bid to bounce back from last Sunday’s shock defeat by Antrim.

Such is the extent of the changes in attack that not a single forward who played in the 1-14 to 0-16 at Casement Park will start in the same position against Limerick tomorrow.

Portumna players Ollie Canning, Damien Hayes and Andy Smith, along with Salthill footballer Alan Kerins, are unavailable

Kevin Brady comes in for David Donoghue in a half-forward line which sees Eugene Cloonan leading the attack.

Niall Healy, who manned the full-forward spot in Cloonan’s absence last year and crowned his season with a hat-trick against Kilkenny in the All-Ireland semi-final, starts at No.14.

There is one change in defence, with Colin Coen coming in at corner-back, with Ger Mahon moving to wing-back in place of David Hayes. Shane Kavanagh switches to midfield, with Young Hurler of the Year David Collins reverting to wing-back for the tie at Pearse Stadium.

Meanwhile, Mickey Harte expects the three Red Hand players suspended as a result of the Healy Park brawl to appeal against their bans.

Kevin Hughes, Michael McGee and Owen Mulligan have until Sunday to submit appeals against their eight-week bans.

The Tyrone GAA board will not appeal against the €10,000 fine but appeals from the players seem likely.

“Individual players have the right to appeal and it’s my understanding that they will be appealing,” said Harte.

“The county board have decided that even though they think that it’s not totally fair, there’s not much they can do about the €10,000 fine.”

The Dublin players who picked up bans are likely to appeal but the county has accepted its €10,000 fine.

Brian Cullen received a four-week ban on Sunday while eight-week suspensions were handed out to Ciaran Whelan, Kevin Bonner and Alan Brogan.

GALWAY (SH v Limerick): L Donoghue; D Joyce, T Regan, C Coen; G Mahon, C Dervan, D Collins; F Healy, S Kavanagh; K Brady, E Cloonan, R Murray; G Farragher, N Healy, K Broderick. Subs: P Dullaghan, L Hodgins, D Hayes, MJ Quinn, D Donoghue, M Coughlan, D Tierney, A Callanan, A Coen.

WATERFORD (SH v Cork): C. Hennessy; D. Coffey, T. Feeney, E. Murphy; B. Phelan, J. Murray, K. Moran; E. Kelly, M. Walsh; J. Mullane, S. Prendergast, P. Flynn; C. Carey, J. Kennedy, S. O’Sullivan.

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