Stack to miss Limerick crunch tie

LIMERICK will be without team captain Tommy Stack for their make-or-break Allianz National Football League clash with Armagh at the Gaelic Grounds on Sunday.

The dynamic corner back injured his hand while playing with his club Drom Broadford last weekend and will be out of action for a number of weeks.

His place will be filled by Diarmuid Sheehy, who will be making his first appearance in the competition.

The only other change on the side that drew with Sligo last time out sees Colm Hickey taking over the right corner-forward berth from Mark Keane. This will also mark Hickey's inaugural appearance in the current league.

Big midfielder John Quane and Mark Horan, both of whom missed the Sligo game because of injury, have still not regained full fitness.

Donal O'Sullivan returns to the Clare team at midfield for their league tie with London at Cusack Park.

O'Sullivan missed the last match against Donegal because of a hamstring problem. He replaces his Kilrush club colleague, John Moody, in what is the only change made by the Clare selectors. However, Pádraig Gallagher who missed the last two games because of a leg injury is listed in the substitutes panel.

Former Allstar corner-back Brian Lacey has been included in the Kildare team to meet Down in Newcastle on Sunday. Also called up is goalkeeping understudy Paul Flood. He deputises for Enda Murphy who has been given a day off.

Good news for Tipperary, who pit their wares against Derry at Thurles on Sunday. Star full-forward Declan Browne, who missed the last game against Antrim because of a groin injury has been passed fit to line-out on this occasion.

Meanwhile Limerick and Waterford, who will meet in the next stage of the Allianz NHL on Sunday week, have agreed to play a challenge in Kilmallock on this Saturday, in aid of the Joseph Hargrow Fund. Hargrow, a promising hurler and footballer, was seriously injured in a recent motoring accident and is confined to a wheelchair.

Saturday's game marks the return to action of Owen O'Neill, from the Murroe Boher club, who had been an ever present in the Eamonn Cregan era and had not figured in Padjoe Whelahan's original plans. He lines out at full forward.

Teenager Peter Russell is named at right half-forward. Also back in favour are James Butler and Stephen McDonogh, the latter having taken a break in recent months because of work commitments.

CLARE (SF v London): D. McInerney; K. Dilleen, C. Whelan, C. Kirwan; P. Smith, B. Considine, R. Slattery; David Russell, D. O'Sullivan; G. Quinlan, Denis Russell, E. Coughlan; O. O'Dwyer, M. O'Shea, M. O'Dwyer.

LIMERICK (SF v Armagh): S.O'Donnell; M. Riordan, J. McCarthy, D. Sheehy, C. Mullane, S. Lucey, D. Reidy; J. Stokes, J. Galvin; S. Kelly, M. Gavin, M. O'Brien, C. Hickey, J.Murphy, O. Keating.

KILDARE (SF v Down): P. Flood; B. Lacey, D. Hendy, D. Lyons; E. Callaghan, G. Ryan, K. Ennis; D. Earley, A. Barry, P. Hurley, M. O'Sullivan; R. Sweeney, P. Brennan, P. Donnelly, J. Doyle.

TIPPERARY (SF v Derry): B. Enright; B. Hallissey, S. Fallon, N. Curran; P. Halley, D. Byrne, P. Costigan; K. Mulryan, L. England; M. Webster, A. Fitzgerald, J> P. Looby; A. Walsh, D. Browne, D. O'Brien.

LIMERICK (SH v Waterford): J. Cahill; S. McDonogh, Paul O'Reilly, E. Mulcahy, M. O'Brien, D. O'Grady, W. Walsh; Peter O'Reilly, M. McKenna; P. Russell, C. Smith, J. Meskell, P. Kirby, O. O'Neill, J. Butler.

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