Huge boost for Sligo as O’Hara fit for Cork clash

SLIGO, who take on the Cork senior footballers in the All-Ireland quarter final at Croke Park on Saturday, received an enormous boost last night when it was revealed that star midfielder Eamon O’Hara has been passed fit.

O’Hara has been Sligo’s best player of the modern era and his cracking goal in the Connacht final turned the tide in his side’s favour against Galway.

O’Hara’s strike ended a barren 32-year spell for Sligo but in the process of scoring he sustained a knee injury which forced him to watch the famous victory from the sideline for the last twenty minutes of play.

Sligo PRO Padraic Duffy confirmed last night that O’Hara is back in full training and is in no danger of missing out.

“This is tremendous news for us because Eamon has been the mainstay of our side for quite a while now. Without him we would have been but a pale shadow of ourselves,” said Duffy.

Sligo will announce their team tomorrow night while Cork are due to select their starting side later today.

Meanwhile, Tyrone and Meath have been hit with injury ahead of Saturday’s All-Ireland SFC quarter-final clash at Croke Park.

Tyrone still have question marks over Owen Mulligan, Gerard Cavlan, Brian Dooher and Cormac McGinley, all of whom have a range of niggling injuries.

Dooher, in particular, is doubtful for the Red Hands. He is suffering from a recurring groin problem.

Meath are without Eoin Harrington and Seamus Kenny, both injured, while a third Royal County defender Kevin O’Reilly is also extremely doubtful. Harrington has a dislocated shoulder, while Kenny damaged shoulder ligaments in the exciting win over Galway. Reilly is struggling with a knee injury.

Because of the involvement of Bishopstown duo Shane O’Neill and Pa Cronin in tonight’s Munster U-21 hurling championship final against Waterford at Walsh Park, the Cork senior selectors have deferred selection of their team to meet Waterford in Sunday’s Guinness All-Ireland SHC quarter-final replay until tomorrow night.

O’Neill has been selected at right half back, with Cronin named at right half forward for the U-21 provincial showdown while another member of the senior squad, Cathal Naughton from Newtownshandrum, plays in the left half forward position.

Both senior camps report no injury problems and the Waterford team will also be named tomorrow night.

WESTMEATH (SHC Christy Ring Cup final v Kildare): M Briody; N Gavin, P Greville, C Jordan; P Dowdall, D McCormack, B Connaughton; J Shaw, P Clarke, R Whelan; B Murtagh, A Mitchell, B Kennedy, D McNicholas, D Carty.

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