Monaghan duo keep places for Kerry clash

MONAGHAN manager Seamus McEnaney has given a vote of confidence to the team which defeated Donegal in the qualifiers for this Sunday’s Bank of Ireland All-Ireland SFC quarter-final against Kerry in Croke Park.

Colm Flanagan and Conor McManus who were drafted in as late replacements for the game against Donegal, hold their places at left corner back and right corner forward respectively.

Positional switches see Dermot McArdle move left corner back to right half back; Flanagan going from full to left corner in a switch with Vincent Corey, while Rory Woods and Paul Finley have changed positions.

Derry have no injuries ahead of their All-Ireland SFC quarter-final clash with Dublin in Croke Park on Saturday (3pm start).

Centre forward Paul Murphy has been given the all clear following a scan on his knee which forced him off during the qualifier against Laois. Murphy, who scored 1-2 in that game, has fully recovered.

Wing-back Paul Carton is to undergo an operation this week to sort out a long-time knee injury.

The talented defender will undergo an operation on his cruciate knee ligament after being forced to retire from the first round of the Ulster championship against Antrim. He is expected to be out of action for up to seven months.

As expected, Dublin manager Paul Caffrey have given a vote of confidence to the steam which started in the Leinster final against Laois for Sunday’s All-Ireland quarter final against Derry.

Meanwhile, former GAA President Peter Quinn has said that whoever takes over as Director General of the GAA should not get the job simply because they are a “good GAA person”.

At 63 years of age, the Fermanagh man will not be applying for the position, but said if he was 20 years younger he would love to be the Árd Stiurthoir.

“I would like to see someone who knows how to run an organisation efficiently and in a businesslike way to get the job. I don’t think that being a good GAA person is enough. It’s necessary but not sufficient.”

Meanwhile Cork have made representation to Croke Park for a deferral of their All-Ireland U-21 hurling semi-final against Galway to Saturday, August 25 in order to give them an opportunity to progress their county championship programme.

Should their request be granted, Cork will play a host of senior hurling championship games on Saturday, August 18.

If the request is not granted, the programme will go ahead on the weekend of August 25/26.

MONAGHAN (SFC v Kerry): S. Duffy; D. Mone, V. Corey, C. Flanagan; D. McArdle, G. McQuaid, JP Mone; D. Clerkin, E. Lennon; S. Gollogly, P. Finley, D. Freeman; C. McManus, R. Woods, T. Freeman.

DUBLIN (SFC v Derry): S. Cluxton; D. Henry, R. McConnell, P. Griffin; P. Casey, B. Cullen, B. Cahill; S. Ryan, C. Whelan; C. Moran, J. Sherlock, B. Brogan; A. Brogan, C. Keaney, M. Vaughan.

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