Rebel relief as Canty fit to face Fermanagh

CORK captain Graham Canty has been passed fit to play for Cork and resumes his centre-back position for Sunday’s NFL showdown with Fermanagh at Páirc Uí Chaoimh.

Canty sustained a leg injury in the drawn encounter with Kildare last time out. From that game Cork have made a number of changes. Noel O’Donovan returns at full-back with John Miskella and Anthony Lynch swapping corners, Miskella now on the right and Lynch at left full.

Michael Shields also makes a return, this time at left-half back, to the exclusion of Ger Spillane. Nicholas Murphy takes over the left half-forward berth vacated by the injured Patrick Kelly.

Elsewhere long-serving Limerick forward Michael Reidy has retired from inter-county football.

Reidy has been a regular scorer since making his senior debut against Kerry in a McGrath Cup tie in 1998 and was in sparkling form for his club, Dromcollogher-Broadford, during last year’s march to Munster Club honours.

Meanwhile, Seánie Buckley has been confirmed as team captain after returning to the Limerick panel, along with Drom-Broadford clubmate Gary Egan.

Midfielder Jason Stokes, highly-impressive during the club’s march to Munster glory, is also tipped to join the county panel when he recovers fully from injury.

Manager Mickey Ned O’Sullivan will finalise a team for Sunday’s NFL Division 3 clash with championship opponents Tipperary tonight.

Dublin have made four changes in personnel for their NFL Division 1 game against Donegal in Fr Tierney Park, Ballyshannon on Sunday.

Ross McConnell returns to midfield, alongside Ciarán Whelan, as Paul Flynn is ruled out and faces a month on the sidelines after suffering an ankle ligament injury in Sigerson Cup action for DIT last weekend.

In attack, Blaine Kelly, who will be making his first league start, Diarmuid Connolly and Kevin Bonner have been handed starting roles with Tiernan Diamond and Jason Sherlock losing out.

There are also two positional switches with James Brogan moving from wing-forward to wing-back at the expense of Bryan Cullen and Conal Keaney moves from the wing to lead the Dublin forward line from centre-forward.

Donegal make five changes in personnel from the team that started against Mayo three weeks ago for Sunday’s game. Eoin Wade, Raymond Sweeney, Kevin Cassidy, Christy Toye and Brendan Boyle replace Declan Walsh, Frank McGlynn, Barry Monaghan, Neil Gallagher and Michael Doherty.

Wade, Sweeney and Cassidy form a new half-back line. Toye is selected at midfield with Boyle on the right flank of attack.

Laois manager Seán Dempsey has been forced into making five changes for Saturday’s Allianz NFL Division 1 clash with Meath.

Dempsey is without squad captain Brian McCormack and vice-captain Brendan Quigley through suspension after they were red-carded during the stormy victory against Armagh.

In addition, Mark Timmons broke a bone in his wrist in that game and will not return for another three weeks while Ger Reddin picked up an injury on Under-21 duty against Wicklow last Sunday.

Midfielder Noel Garvan has also been ruled out with a hamstring problem so Dempsey has drafted fit-again Billy Sheehan into his team along with Cathal Ryan, Darren Rooney, Kevin Meaney and MJ Tierney.

Wayne Hennessy returns to the Waterford team for their NFL clash with Clare at Cusack Park on Sunday. Hennessy, who missed the big win over Kilkenny last time out because of holidays, is selected at right-half back.

Maurice O’Gorman switches from attack to defence, with Paul Ogle now named at centre forward. However, manager John Kiely has left a vacancy at left half-forward.

Galway hurlers could be without captain Shane Kavanagh as they bid for their first league win over Kilkenny in five years at Pearse Stadium on Sunday.

The Kinvara defender is suffering from a groin injury and with the versatile Kevin Hynes also doubtful, manager John McIntyre and his selectors will wait until tomorrow before naming their team for the refixed match.

Galway lost their opening game to Dublin before dishing out a 4-16 to 1-11 to Cork on Sunday.

CORK (SF V Fermanagh): A. Quirke; J. Miskella, N. O’Donovan, A. Lynch; N. O’Leary, G. Canty, M. Shields; A. O’Connor, P. O’Neill; C. McCarthy, F. Goold, N. Murphy; D. Goulding, M. Cussens, D. O’Connor.

DUBLIN (SF v Donegal) S. Cluxton; P, Andrews, D. Bastick, A. Hubbard; J. Brogan, G. Brennan, B. Cahill; C. Whelan, R. McConnell; D. Connolly, C. Keaney, D. Henry; B. Kelly, K. Bonner, B. Brogan.

DONEGAL (SF v Dublin): M. Boyle; E. Mc Gee, N. McGee, P. McDaid; E. Wade, R. Sweeney, K. Cassidy; C. Bonner, C. Toye; B. Boyle, C. Dunne, R. Kavanagh; M. Murphy, S. Griffin, D. Walsh.

LAOIS (SF v Meath): M. Nolan; P. Begley, C. Ryan, R. Stapleton; P. O’Leary, D. Rooney, P. McMahon; P. Clancy, K. Meaney; P. McNulty, B. Sheehan, MJ Tierney; D. Brennan, R. Munnelly, C. Bergin.

WATERFORD (SF v Clare): T. Wall; S. Prendergast, J. O’Gorman, M. Prendergast; W. Hennessy, E. Rockett, M. O’Gorman; M. Aherne, S. O’Hehir; B. Wall, P. Ogle, A. N. Other; L. Lawlor, L. Ó Lionain, S. Fleming.

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