Two Galway changes for Tipp clash

GALWAY manager John McIntyre is forced to make two changes for Sunday’s crucial Allianz NHL clash against his native Tipperary at Pearse Stadium. Midfielder David Tierney is getting married on Saturday, while corner-forward Ger Farragher is ruled out with an ankle injury.

That paves the way for Portumna pair Eoin Lynch and Niall Hayes to slot into the side, bringing to six the number of players the All-Ireland Club champions will have in the starting side in Salthill.

Ollie Canning, who captains the team, is at left corner-back alongside Eugene McEntee who is again at full-back having been drafted into the squad following their All-Ireland Club win over De La Salle.

Eoin Lynch comes in at midfield, while Andy Smith continues on the right flank of attack. Joe Canning is again at full-forward, with Niall Hayes getting the nod in the right corner as younger brother Damien is still out with an ankle injury.

Remarkably, this Galway side has only two survivors from the team which drew with Tipperary in the corresponding game a year ago. Wing-back Fergal Moore and corner-forward Niall Healy were the only two to start in that 0-16 apiece draw.

Galway selector John Moylan said they were now reaching a more settled side as they face into Sunday’s clash where booking a league final spot is the target for both sides.

“This will be our 11th game in 14 weeks and between injuries, suspensions and clashes with club games a lot of players have been tried out. But the side is now getting more settled and stronger and we still have a few more to come back in,” he said.

“This is a huge game for us, there is a lot at stake for both sides so there should be a good crowd and a good match in Pearse Stadium,” he added.

Offaly will be without full back David Kenny for their crucial Division 2 game against Wexford at Wexford Park on Sunday.

Kenny sustained a hamstring injury during the course of last weekend’s victory over Down.

Last season’s Under 21 star Damien Horan is due to undergo surgery this week to correct a hip injury that has kept him out of action up to now in the League.

Meanwhile star forward Matty Forde has vowed that Wexford will bounce back from their relegation heartbreak and emerge as a summer championship force again.

Forde hit four points against Laois last Sunday but the visitors to Wexford Park ran out 2-16 to 0-10 winners to condemn the Model County to Division 3 football in 2010.

Forde has now called on his team-mates to lift themselves for the ‘dead rubber’ meeting with Fermanagh, who are also relegated, on April 12.

GALWAY (SH v Tipperary): C. Callanan; D. Joyce, E. McEntee, O. Canning; R. Murray, M. Ryan, F. Moore; E. Lynch, A. Cullinane; A. Smith, C. Donnellan, A. Callanan; N. Hayes, J. Canning, N. Healy.

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