The Rebel’s management will await a final surgeon’s report on the broken jaw Masters suffered in the quarter-final win against Sligo before making a decision on his availability.
Cork selector John Corcoran said last night: “We honestly don’t know what the story is with James at this stage. We’re awaiting a surgeon’s report and it will be next week when we’re picking the team before we can make a final decision on whether James is available.”
Meanwhile, Mickey Ned O’Sullivan confirmed last night that he will remain in charge of the Limerick footballers for a third successive season in 2008.
The former Kerry supremo will be assisted once again by selectors Joe Reddington, Billy Ahern and Cian O’Neill, who is also the squad’s physical trainer.
O’Sullivan explained that Ahern had indicated that he may not return because of personal reasons but as things stand, he has given a commitment for next year.
O’Sullivan and his backroom team were handed a fresh two-year tenure last September and following much deliberation, they have decided to continue.
He confirmed: “We’re there en bloc for another year. We were appointed for two years last year and we have indicated that we’re willing to stay on for next year. The first year I went in, I went with the status quo and in the second year, we had to bring in a lot of new lads.
“Next season, we hope they perform because the year gone by was transitional. Obviously, we want to do well in the league and get as far as we can in the championship but a lot depends on the draw. We had Cork for the last two years and they are a very good team as has been proven. But we feel that we have made significant progress and there is a lot more progress to be made.”
Monaghan GAA chiefs have confirmed Seamus McEnaney will manage the county senior footballers next year. Selector Adrian Trappe and trainer Martin Mc Elkennon also remain.
The Armagh county board has confirmed that the race to fill Joe Kernan’s boots as Orchard County boss is between three people. Chairman Kevin Brady says all three were being considered for the vacancy and that a decision would be made “within the next week or so.” It’s widely believed former Cavan trainer Paul Grimley, Peter McDonnell and Michael McConville are the candidates concerned.
Meanwhile, Cork boss John Cronin has kept faith with the side which defeated Tipperary in the semi-final for Sunday’s All-Ireland Camogie final against Wexford.
Wexford, who also announced their team last night have made one change ahead of Sunday’s clash. Bróna Furlong, an All-Ireland sprinter gets the call up after impressing in the semi-final as a substitute. In a reshuffled Wexford side she will start at right half forward while Aoife O’Connor who played at midfield that day is the player to loose out on a starting place.
Clare who are making their first Junior All-Ireland appearance since their defeat to Dublin in the replay in 2005 will start with the same team that overcame Waterford in the semi-final. Derry will announce their team later in the week.
A Murray; J O’Callaghan, C Foley, A O’Regan; R Buckley, M O’Connor, A Geary; B Corkery, G O’Connor (cpt) ; U O’Donoghue, A Walsh, J O’Leary; E Dillon, O Cotter, S Burns.
Subs: E Clifford, R Holland, S Hayes, J Duffy, R Moloney, S O’Donovan, E Watson, E Farrell, M O’Neill, E Burke.
M D’Arcy; N Lambert, C O’Loughlin, A Nolan; Á Codd, M Leacy (cpt), D Codd; K Kelly, C Murphy; B Furlong, R M Breen, M O’Leary; Ú Leacy, M Hearne, U Jacob.
Subs: H Jacob, B Curran, A O’Connor, L Holahan, K Parrock, C O’Connor, L Codd, S Nolan, B Holohan, C Atkinson.
D Lynch; J O’Leary, D Corcoran, A Colleran; K Hally, D Murphy (cpt), A Mc Inerney; K Lynch, J Scanlon; C Roseingrave,C O’ Loughlin, A Ryan; C Commane, S Mc Mahon, S O’Loughlin.
Subs: R Lynch, A O’Brien, H Mc Mahon,M O’Halloran, S Maloney, F Lafferty, E Keating, S Lafferty, A O’Shea, A Griffen.