Hot-shot Vaughan leads Dubs’ attack

MARK VAUGHAN is named at centre-forward on the Dublin team to face Offaly in Sunday’s Leinster SFC semi-final at Croke Park.

The Kilmacud Crokes player was the scorer-in-chief for the Dubs in last Sunday’s quarter-final replay victory over Meath when he finished with eight points.

Although there are concerns about the fitness and availability of several unnamed players, Offaly have named an unchanged side. The players have not been officially named but are likely to include defenders Ger Rafferty, who suffered a knee injury in training, James Keane, who picked up an ankle injury against Carlow and, possibly, Paul McConway, with a leg injury.

Meanwhile, injuries to wing back Eamon Corcoran and midfielder Shane McGrath has delayed selection of the Tipperary team for Sunday’s third Munster SHC semi-final meeting with Limerick at the Gaelic Grounds.

Corcoran sustained a groin injury in last weekend’s thrilling drawn game at Semple Stadium, Thurles, while McGrath received bruising on his chest.

Goalkeeper Brendan Cummins, who was sensationally replaced by Gerry Kennedy, and squad member Miceál Webster are struggling with hamstring injuries picked up while playing with their clubs in senior football championship games on Sunday night.

No places for John Paul Mone or Rory Woods as Monaghan name the same starting side that defeated Down for next Sunday’s Ulster SFC semi final against Derry at Casement Park.

But Derry defender Paul Cartin is a major doubt after picking up an injury during the first round win over Antrim. Scans yesterday revealed that he has knee cartilage damage.

Cartin was replaced by Patsy Bradley after picking up the injury and he is likely to fill in again if sterling defender Cartin is ruled out of contention.

But Paddy Bradley, who has recovered from a quad muscle injury and is set to start.

Antrim star CJ McGourty has returned after just a few days in the US due to a viral infection and is to rejoin the county squad for the Tommy Murphy Cup.

Dublin U-21 hurlers have left a vacancy at centre-forward ahead of tonight’s Leinster U-21HC semi-final against Wexford in Parnell Park (7.30pm).

Captain Johnny McCaffrey, has been struggling with a groin injury for the past few months, but still has an outside chance of proving his fitness.

Manager Sean Lane has made two changes in personnel and three positional switches to his starting side from the one which edged out Kildare (2-12 to 2-7) two weeks ago.

Sam Lehane and Declan O’Dwyer return from injuries, while Keith Dunne moves to wing-back. Shane O’Rourke is ruled out with a broken collarbone, while Joey Boland will play at midfield.

Meanwhile, Limerick include four of last year’s team for Sunday’s ESB Munster MHC semi-final against Tipperary at the Gaelic Grounds. Both counties met at the corresponding stage of the championship in 2006 with victory going to the Premier County. Barry Hennessy, John Riordan, Nicky Quaide and Paudie O’Brien all figured last year.

Hennessy broke his leg early in that campaign and was replaced in goal by Quaide, who is son of the late Tommy. Left corner forward Sean Tobin is a brother of current Limerick seniors Pat and Kevin.

DUBLIN (SFC v Offaly) — S. Cluxton; D. Henry, R. McConnell, P. Griffin; P. Casey, B. Cullen, B. Cahill; C. Whelan, S. Ryan; C. Moran, M. Vaughan, D. Connolly; A. Brogan, C. Keaney, T. Quinn.

OFFALY (SFC v Dublin): P. Kelly; G. Rafferty, J. Quinn, J. Keane; P. McConway, S. Brady., K. Slattery; A. McNamee, N. Smith; N. Coughlan, P. Kellaghan, C. McManus; T. Deehan, P J. Ward, N. McNamee.

MONAGHAN (SFC v Derry) S. Duffy; D. Mone, V. Courey, C. Flanagan; D. Freeman, G. McQuaid, D. Mangan; E. Lennon, R. Mckeever; D. Clerkin, P. Finlay, S. Collogly; C. Hanratty, S. Smith, T. Freeman.

DUBLIN (U21 HC v Wexford): P Curtin; R Drumgoole, P Callaghan, D Webster; K Dunne, T Brady, C Connolly; J Boland, A McCrabbe; E Moran , AN Other, Sam Lehane ; P Carton, D O’Dwyer, R O’Carroll.

WEXFORD (U21 HC v Dublin): Eanna Martin; Barry Kehoe, Clive Lawlor, Bobby Kenny; R. Kehoe, Tomas Waters, Brian Malone; E. Quigley, T. Dwyer; D. Redmond, B. O’Connor, PJ Nolan; N. Kirwan, G. Sinnott, C. O’Connor.

LIMERICK (MHC v Tipperary): B. Hennessy (Kilmallock): B. O’Connor (do.), J. Riordan (Templeglantine), P. Browne (Bruff); M. Deegan (Hospital Herbertstown), N. Quaide (Effin), E. Gleeson (Cappamore); B. O’Brien (Bruff), G. Mulcahy (Kilmallock); P. O’Brien (do.), N. Maher (Doon), J. Madden (Ahane); T. O’Brien (Bruree), G. Barron (Mungret), S. Tobin (Murroe Boher).

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