Flying wing Kelly opts out of Limerick football panel

STEPHEN KELLY has withdrawn from the Limerick football panel for the foreseeable future.

The flying wing-forward from Newcastlewest has informed team management he is not in a position to give the necessary commitment.

Limerick selector Billy Lee said Kelly met with management last weekend and outlined his reasons.

“Stephen burst onto the senior scene at a very young age and has been involved now for over four years. He is still only 23 years old.

“The demands on inter-county players now are such that careers only last five years at the most. Stephen has taken time out to do other things. He is an excellent talent and in time may come back into the scene. We’ll have to make do without him for now.”

John Quane has agreed to postpone retirement plans and will be available for the season. He’ll figure in Sunday’s McGrath Cup semi-final against Tralee IT at the Gaelic Grounds.

Quane was influential for Limerick in their win over Cork in Monday night’s McGrath Cup. His physical strength in the prevailing conditions gave the Shannonsiders a vital grip at midfield.

The Tralee IT team is the same as that which defeated Waterford in round one, while Ronan McAuliffe who was exam-tied for that game, is available again.

The Tipperary team to play Cork IT in the McGrath Cup semi-final in Clonmel on Sunday (1.30pm) shows two changes from the side which defeated Kerry last weekend.

Benny Hahessy comes in for the injured Niall Fitzgerald, while Liam England replaces Declan Browne, who is in Hong Kong with the Allstars. Fergal O’Callaghan moves from centre to full forward with England leading of the attack.

Paddy Nealon, a key player for Cork IT in Sunday’s McGrath Cup semi-final in Clonmel, is also wanted by O’Donovan Rossa for Sunday’s Duhallow U-21 tournament final against Douglas in Knocknagree.

The Allstar trip to Hong Kong has also robbed Laois of goalkeeper Fergal Byron and Padraig Clancy for Sunday’s O’Byrne Cup final against Westmeath. Mick O’Dwyer has delayed naming a team as he waits on fitness reports on Donal Maher, Ross Munnelly and Derek Conroy.

TIPPERARY (McGrath Cup v Cork IT): B. Enright; D. Byrne, N. Curran, P. King; P. Morrissey, R. Costigan, B. Hahessy; E. Hanrahan, K. Mulryan; A. Fitzgerald, L. England, P. Cahill; J. Shanahan, F. O’Callaghan, D. O’Brien.

TRALEE IT (McGrath Cup v Limerick): S. Murphy (Cork); M. O’Mahony (Kerry), E. O’Mahony (Cork), C. O’Sullivan (Kerry); A. Cahalane (Kerry), B. McMahon (do), T. O’Leary (Cork); D. Murphy (Kerry), J. Best (do); S. Moloney (Clare), E. Coughlan (do), B. Flaherty (Kerry); P. O’Connell (do), S. O’Shea (do), M. Collins (do).

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