Webster battling for Premier place

MICHAEL WEBSTER is pushing hard for a place in Tipperary’s starting 15 for Sunday’s All-Ireland SFC semi-final against Waterford.

Manager Liam Sheedy has the luxury of being able to call upon a fully-fit squad and it is understood that Webster is being strongly considered for the full-forward position. Webster will captain the team should he start as he hails from champions Loughmore-Castleiney.

With Ken McGrath likely to start at full-back for Waterford, Sheedy may be tempted to play Webster on the edge of the Déise square to ensure that McGrath can’t push forward, as is his natural inclination.

With McGrath tied up keeping an eye on Webster, Tipperary would look to exploit the space between the full and half back lines, with Eoin Kelly and Lar Corbett earmarked for the corner forward slots.

Séamus Butler could lose out in any attacking reshuffle but although the Drom & Inch clubman did not score against Clare in the Munster final and was substituted, his work-rate is extremely high and two scores came as a direct result of his block-downs on attempted Clare clearances.

Fit-again Hugh Maloney is also in contention for a place in the half-forward line but Sheedy may be content to keep the Nenagh Éire Óg clubman in reserve, with Pat Kerwick, Séamus Callinan and Munster final man-of-the-match John O’Brien filling the half-forward line positions.

Sheedy also has an ace in his sleeve in the form of Paul Kelly, the 2001 All-Ireland medallist and two-time Allstar who rejoined the panel after the Munster final. Kelly can operate in a variety of positions including wing back and midfield.

Meanwhile, Sheedy has confirmed that full back Paul Curran (shoulder), centre back Conor O’Mahony (hand) and full forward Lar Corbett (heel) are all fit and looking for their places on the team which will be announced tomorrow night.

Dublin coach Paul Caffrey won’t announce his team to play Tyrone in the All-Ireland SFC quarter-final until tonight, but he has a full deck to choose from. Bernard Brogan has fully recovered from a hamstring injury while Ross McConnell who was dropped for the Leinster final against Wexford, is in line for a recall to the starting 15.

Colm Cavanagh is ruled out of the Tyrone team due to an injury he picked up in the win over Mayo while PJ Quinn is struggling with a back strain to be fit.

As expected, the Cork minor hurling selectors named an unchanged team for Sunday’s All-Ireland semi-final against Galway in Croke Park (1.45pm).

The Cork challenge has been strengthened by the availability of Luke O’Farrell who has fully recovered from a broken leg he sustained earlier in the year. He is included among the subs.

Galway coach Mattie Murphy will announce his team tomorrow night.

CORK (MHC v Galway): D. McCarthy (Sliabh Rua); C. Smith (Sarsfields), D. Rogers (Brian Dillons, E. Moynihan (Na Piarsaigh); A. Walsh (Kanturk), P. O’Shea (Midleton), W. Egan (Croke Rovers); S. O’Farrell (Midleton), D. Roche (Sarsfields); M. Collins (Douglas), C. Sheehan (Éire Óg), S. O’Brien (Carrigaline); J. O’Dwyer (Sliabh Rua), P. Honohan (Bishopstown), P. Haughney (Midleton).

Subs: P. Ryan (Éire Óg), B. Collins (Killeagh/St Itas), D. Twomey (Newcestown), R. Dineen (Blackrock), S. Corry (Sliab Rua), L. O’Farrell (Midleton), J. Coughlan (Newtown), M. Sexton (Kilbrittain), M. Carroll (Érins Own).

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