Alan O’Connor is named at centre forward with Kevin McMahon on the left wing and Michael Cussen of Glanmire taking over the full forward position from the injured Donnacha O’Connor.
Dermot Hurley held down the centre forward position in the Dublin game with Daniel Goulding at left half forward and Donnacha O’Connor at full forward.
McMahon missed the Dublin game because of flu while O’Connor has been ruled out of the Mayo clash because of a shoulder injury picked up in a club game.
A new midfield partnership and three changes up front for Tipperary as they face Galway in the Allianz NHL at Pearse Stadium, on Sunday.
Shane Maher and Shane McGrath replace John Woodlock and Francis Devanney at midfield. Tony Scroope takes over the right half forward position from John Carroll with both Lar Corbett and Danny O’Hanlon returning at the expense of Pa Bourke and Michael Webster.
Dublin have suffered a huge blow ahead of their game with Limerick at the Gaelic Grounds.
Midfielder John McCaffrey has been ruled out with a groin injury and Ger O’Meara will now partner Joey Boland.
Meanwhile London County Board have been vindicated by their stance to have Sunday’s National hurling and football league games against Kildare and Monaghan played at their home venue in Ruislip.
Croke Park authorities were concerned about the state of the ground and it’s ability to host both games, but county board PRO Sean O’Riordan said the pitch had dried up considerably and was more than capable of holding the two matches.
“This will be the first time a double header will be played at the venue. It’s a new experience for us and one we are looking forward to,” he said.
Paul Galvin has returned to the Kerry squad after spending the last three months in Australia, while Declan O’Sullivan was also due home yesterday from Australia.
Galvin could make an appearance with Kerry in Sunday’s game against Donegal in Letterkenny.
Waterford senior football boss John Kiely has revealed that he will consider his future if his team finishes rock bottom of Division 2B of the League.
Waterford opened their campaign in the best possible fashion, with a shock win over Wexford, but have since slumped to defeats at the hands of Sligo, Antrim and Wicklow.
They must beat Tipperary in Ardfinnan on Sunday and pick up positive results against Meath and Cavan in their remaining fixtures to have any chance of promotion. For Kiely, the prospect of Division 4 football next year does not bear thinking about.
He admitted: “It would be time for me to pack it in. Sunday is a defining game for us. Our goal at the start of the year was Division 3, we got the best possible start but we don’t want the Tommy Murphy Cup football next year.’’
Wexford manager John Meyler is expected to name Darren Stamp, Rory McCarthy, who both came on for twenty minutes against Offaly last Sunday, and inspirational centre back Declan Ruth for the crucial game against Cork in Pairc Ui Chaoimh.
Wexford are pushing hard for the latter stages of the competition and Meyler believes that the recent victory against Clare may have kick-started their season.
Limerick make three changes from the side who lost to Kerry for Sunday’s National Football League game against Tyrone at the Gaelic Grounds.
Stephen Lavin makes his first start of the season at right half forward and John Cooke and Darren Horan return after illness with Thomas Cahill, Sean Cronin and Mike Crowley dropping to the substitutes bench.
S. Kiely, D. Carroll, J. McCarthy, S. Gallagher; P. Ahern, P. Browne, P. Ranahan; J. Galvin, T. Carroll; S. Lavin, J. Ryan, J. Cooke; J. O’Brien, D. Horan, D. Reidy.
G. Kennedy; E. Buckle, P. Curran, A. Byrne; E. Corcoran, C. O’Mahony, B. Dunne; S. Maher, S. McGrath; T. Scroope, D. Egan, L. Corbett; E. Kelly, D. O’Hanlon, P. Kelly.
G. Maguire; P. Brennan, S. Hiney, T. Brady; M. Carton, R. Fallon, D. O’Reilly; J. Boland, G. O’Meara; L. Ryan, D. Qualter, D. Curtin; J. Kelly, P. O’Driscoll, K. Flynn.
P. P’Shea; O. Sexton, M. Shields, K. O’Connor; N. O’Leary, G. Spillane, A. Lynch; N. Murphy, D. Kavanagh; S. O’Brien, A. O’Connor, K. McMahon; J. Masters, M. Cussen, K. O’Sullivan.
K. O’Malley; L. O’Malley, K. Higgins, E. Deveeney; B. J. Padden, J. Nallen, P. Gardiner; P. Harte, D. Heaney; A. Campbell, A. Kilcoyne, G. Brady; C. Mortimer, A. Dillon, A. Moran.
M. Nolan; C. Ryan, K., Fitzparick, J. Higgins; P. McMahon, D. Rooney, B. McCormack; N. Garvin, P. Clancy; C. Kavanagh, C. Conway, D. murphy; B. McDonald, P. Lawlor, R. Munnelly.
T. Wall; E. Rockett, T. O’Gorman, M. O’Gorman; S. Briggs, C. O’Keeffe, J. Hurney; M. Aherne, P. Ogle; B. Wall, G. Power, W. Hennessy; S. Cunningham, A. Hubbard, L. Ó Lionáin.