Wexford and Offaly stick with winning combinations

WEXFORD manager John Conran has given a vote of confidence to the side which defeated Kilkenny for Sunday’s Leinster SHC final against Offaly.

The only injury scare surrounded wing-forward Barry Lambert, who suffered an ankle injury during weekend training, but is now recovered.

Defender Keith Rossiter, who missed the championship opener with a broken bone in his hand, is back in the reckoning after coming through a full-scale match unscathed.

With all his previously injured players now fully fit, Conran is in the happy position of being able to call on experienced players Paul Codd, Colm Kehoe and Larry Murphy, who have all been included in the substitutes.

The Offaly selectors not surprisingly have named the same 15 players who demolished Dublin by 2-25 to 1-13 in the semi-final.

There are however, two positional switches in attack. Gary Hanniffy, who was on the right wing against the Dubs, moves to centre forward in a switch with his brother, Rory, while Brendan Murphy who scored 2-5 when switched from right half-forward to full-forward in the semi-final now starts at no. 14, with Joe Brady on the left wing.

Cork have delayed selection of their team until tonight for next Saturday’s All-Ireland SFC qualifier against Clare at Cusack Park, Ennis. However, it is expected that both Colin Corkery and Brendan Jer O’Sullivan, who missed the Munster semi-final defeat by Kerry because of suspension, will return to the fold.

However, it is unlikely that star defender Anthony Lynch or Philip Clifford, both recovering from injury, will make the starting line-up.

Now fully recovered from surgery to correct a groin injury, 22-year-old Stephen Hickey from Clarecastle, has won a starting place on the Clare team.

Although Hickey had a meteoric rise to the top and made his senior debut with Clare, while still a minor, he missed this season’s National League campaign in its entirety. However, he sparkled when introduced as a second half substitute during the course of the Banner’s exhilarating first round qualifying victory over Sligo.

Hickey is selected at right corner, with Denis Russell moving to centre forward in place of Colm Mullen, who has emigrated to the US.

The Cork minor football team to play Waterford in the Munster semi-final in Dungarvan tomorrow night (6.40pm) shows four changes from the side which defeated the same opposition earlier in the competition.

Waterford qualified for the semi-finals by coming through a mini round robin involving themselves, Clare and Limerick, and then drew Cork in the penultimate round.

Roy Leahy and Stephen Bermingham are both out through injury, while Niall Horgan and Fintan Gould are recalled after missing the previous clash because of injury.

In the only change in defence, Horgan, who won a minor hurling medal last Sunday, is recalled to the full-back position in place of Stephen O’Donoghue.

The other three changes are in attack. Fintan Gould is preferred to Kevin Canty at centre-forward, while Fiachra Lynch is in at left half-forward for Bermingham. Andrew Concannon takes over Leahy’s place at right corner forward.

Four of the team, goalkeeper Ken O’Halloran, Niall Horgan, Eoin Cadogan and Carthach Keane were members of last Sunday’s winning hurling team, O’Halloran and Horgan occupying the same positions.

OFFALY (SH v Wexford): B. Mullins; B. Teehan, G. Oakley, D. Franks; Brian Whelehan, N. Claffey, C. Cassidy; M. Cordial, Barry Whelehan; R. Hanniffy, G. Hanniffy (c), J. Brady; B. Carroll, B. Murphy, D. Murray.

WEXFORD (SH v Offaly): D. Fitzhenry; M. Travers, D. Ryan, D. O’Connor; R. McCarthy, D. Ruth, J. O’Connor (capt.); A. Fenlon, T. Mahon; B. Lambert, E. Quigley, P. Carley; M. Jacob, M. Jordan, R. Jacob.

CLARE (SFC v Cork): D. O’Brien; P. Gallagher, C. Whelan, K. Dilleen; P. Slattery, B. Considine, A. Clohessy; David Russell, G. Quinlan; E. Coughlan, Denis Russell, O. O’Dwyer; S. Hickey, M. O’Sullivan, M. O’Dwyer.

CORK (MF v Waterford): K. O’Halloran (Bishopstown); R. Carey (Clyda Rovers), N. Horgan (St. Nicholas), K. Harrington (Bantry); M. Shields (St. Finbarr’s), E. Cadogan (Douglas), S. Keohane (St. Mary’s); A. O’Sullivan (CTB, capt.), C. Keane (Newcestown); C. Callinan (Clonakilty), F. Gould (Macroom), F. Lynch (Valley Rovers); A. Concannon (Ballingeary), D. Goulding (Eire Óg), P. Kerrigan (Nemo Rangers). Subs. T. O’Connor (Douglas), S. O’Donoghue (Ballincollig), G. O’Shea (Nemo Rangers), K. O’Halloran (Mallow), D. Harrington (Garnish), J. Lane (Douglas), D. Crowley (Bishopstown), K. Canty (Valley Rovers), J. Halbert (Glenville).

KERRY (MF v Tipperary): B. Kealy (Kilcummin); P. Reidy (Scartaglin), L. Quinn (Dr Crokes), K. Young (Renard); D. Doyle (Churchill), C. Kelliher (Milltown/Castlemaine), D. O’Connor (Gneeveguilla); B. Moran (Kerins O’Rahillys), R. Keating (St. Marys); A. Kennelly (Dr Crokes), D. O’Sullivan (Glenbeigh/Glencar), P. Curran (Waterville); B. Dennehy (Austin Stacks), S. Murphy (Milltown/Castlemaine, capt.), J. Buckley (Currow). Subs: A. O’Connell (Gneeveguilla); M. O’Donoghue (Spa); M. Evans (Dingle), C. O’Mahony (Ballydonoghue), D. Culloty (Na Gaeil), A. O’Sullivan (Tuosist), K. O’Leary (Dr Crokes), J. Murphy (Dingle), P. O’Sullivan (Kenmare).

WATERFORD (MF v Cork): D. Dennison (De La Salle); C. Hayes (Kilrossanty), K. McBride (De La Salle), K. Dunne (Clashmore); T. Grey (De La Salle), S. Prendergast (Kilrossanty), J. Seward (Clashmore); P. Phelan (Ballinacourty), M. Tobin (an Gaeltacht); M. Fives (Balloinacfourty), P. Hurney (do). I. Cantwell, (De La Salle); J. Veale, (Kilrossanty), C. McDonald (Gaultier), M. Gorman (Ballinacourty).

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