Shefflin to make Cats return against Tipp

HENRY SHEFFLIN returns to the Kilkenny side for his first appearance of the year in tomorrow’s NHL showdown against Tipperary. Shefflin comes in at centre-forward in place of Willie O’Dwyer, while Ballyhale Shamrocks clubmates TJ Reid and Michael Fennelly are also drafted into the team.

Reid replaces the injured Eoin Larkin at left half-forward, Fennelly starts at midfield in a move that sees John Tennyson go to centre-back, Brian Hogan move to full-back and Seán Cummins drops to the bench.

Manager Brian Cody makes three further changes to his team, with Michael Kavanagh replacing John Dalton at corner-back, Martin Comerford coming into the attack in place of Michael Grace, and Richie Power named instead of Aidan Fogarty at corner-forward.

Tadhg Kennelly will make his starting senior debut for Kerry in tomorrow’s NFL Division 1 tie against Westmeath.

Kennelly has been picked at right half-forward in place of Paul Galvin in one of eight changes from the team that defeated Mayo last Sunday. Ger Reidy starts in goals in place of Diarmuid Murphy, while Kieran Quirke and Aidan O’Mahony come into the defence at the expense of Pádraig Reidy and Marc Ó Sé.

Seamus Scanlon is drafted into midfield in place of Michéal Quirke, and Tommy Walsh returns from U21 duties to take the centre-forward spot with Declan O’Sullivan making way. Kieran O’Leary and Paul O’Connor will man the corner-forward positions, with Colm Cooper and Darran O’Sullivan losing out.

Justin McCarthy makes four changes to his Limerick side for their NHL clash with Galway tomorrow. Gavin O’Mahony comes in at half-back with Tom Condon losing, James O’Brien and Mike O’Brien replace Wayne McNamara and Brian O’Sullivan in the half-forward line, while Patrick Tobin is named at left corner-forward with Donie Ryan making way.

KERRY (SF v Westmeath): G Reidy; K Quirke, A O’Shea, T O’Sullivan; T Ó Sé, A O’Mahony, T Griffin; S Scanlon, A Maher; T Kennelly, T Walsh, D Walsh; K O’Leary, K Donaghy, P O’Connor.

KILKENNY (SH v Tipperary): PJ Ryan; M Kavanagh, B Hogan, J Tyrrell; T Walsh, J Tennyson, J Ryall; M Fennelly, M Rice; M Comerford, H Shefflin, TJ Reid; E Brennan, R Power, R Hogan.

LIMERICK (SH v Galway): B Murray; D Reale, S Lucey, S Walsh; S Hickey, B Geary, G O’Mahony; D O’Grady, P Browne; J O’Brien, M O’Brien, N Moran; A O’Shaughnessy, D Breen, P Tobin.

DONEGAL (SF v Tyrone): P Durcan; J Gallagher, N McGee, P McDaid; C Byrne, B Monaghan, M Maguire; B Boyle, C Toye; D Walsh, B Roper, R Kavanagh; C Dunne, S Griffin, M Doherty.

LAOIS (SF v Fermanagh): M Nolan; P Begley, C Ryan, R Stapleton; D Rooney, G Reddin, P McMahon; P Clancy, K Meaney; B McCormack, B Quigley, B Sheehan; M J Tierney, R Munnelly, P McNulty.

KILDARE (SF v Armagh): S McCormack; A Mac Lochlainn, K O’Neill, H McGrillen; M Scanlon, B Flanagan, M Conway; K Brennan, D Earley; E Callaghan, P O’Neill, R Sweeney; J Kavanagh, K Donnelly, J Doyle.

FERMANAGH (SF v Laois): R Gallagher; S Goan, S Lyons, M Jones; P Sherry, S McDermott, R Foy; M McGrath, J Sherry; M Little, T McElroy, S O’Brien; E Maguire, R Carson, E Ferris.

ROSCOMMON (SF v Tipperary): G Claffey; R Brady, J Nolan, E Barrett; P Kelly, D Casey, S McDermott; M Finneran, B Higgins; G Cox, K Mannion, D Keenehan; G Heneghan, S Kilbride, J Dunning.

MONAGHAN (SF v Meath): P McBennett; D Mone, JP Mone, V Corey; C McManus, G McQuaid, D Hughes; D Clerkin, E Lennon; S Gollogly, P Finlay, M Downey; R Woods, R Ronaghan, T Freeman.

DOWN (SF v Limerick): B McVeigh; C McGovern, P Murphy, D Rafferty; C Garvey, K McKernan, H Davey; D Gordon, S Kearney; J Fegan, J Boyle, J O’Reilly; D Hughes, R Murtagh, B Coulter.

OFFALY (SH v Down) B Mullins; D Franks, D Kenny, S Wynne; K Brady, G Oakley, P Cleary; R Hanniffy, J Rigney; B Carroll, J Bergin, D Molloy; C Parlon, S Dooley, D Currams.

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