Galvin urges Limerick hurlers to make it a Munster double

LIMERICK footballer John Galvin has urged his hurling counterparts to make it a Shannonside double act in the Munster championship finals.

Galvin and his teammates beat Clare by four points on Sunday to reach the Munster SFC final, where they await the winners of Saturday’s Cork-Kerry replay. He said that victory for the Limerick hurlers on Sunday would give a much-needed boost to the GAA in the county.

“It’s great when the county is winning,” said the Croom clubman. “Hopefully the hurlers can win (against Waterford) and we’d be in two Munster finals. There’d be a great buzz around and that’s something the GAA in Limerick could do with.”

Galvin was happy with Limerick’s hard-earned win in Cusack Park.

“It was great to get the win on Sunday, we’re absolutely delighted to be in a Munster final. It’s five years since we were in a provincial final. We have a few weeks to prepare but we’ll have to see what happens first next week with Cork and Kerry.”

The towering Croom midfielder is one of the survivors from the 2004 Munster final and he hopes that he and the other players who starred in that decider will be able to help the newcomers through their first provincial decider.

“Experience is always a good asset to have, and we have a few players who were there in 2004, which will be a help. We also have a lot of younger players who haven’t played in such a big occasion but there’s a bit of time before the final and hopefully we can help them.”

He doesn’t plan on travelling to Pairc Uí Chaoimh next Saturday for the Cork-Kerry replay.

“I’d say we’ll be watching DVDs. We didn’t watch any of it before the Clare game, but I’m sure the management will travel and brief us.”

Meanwhile James Kielt is set to miss Derry’s Ulster SFC semi-final against Tyrone June 21 after sustaining a suspected broken jaw in a club game. Kielt suffered the injury while playing for Kilrea against Ballinderry in a league game on Sunday, but Derry officials were unable to confirm the full extent of the player’s injury yesterday.

In addition Derry boss Damien Cassidy is likely to have to plan without Niall McCusker (groin), and suspended duo Fergal Doherty and Brian Mullan. Enda Muldoon is also doubtful with an ankle injury but Sean Martin Lockhart, who missed the Monaghan game, has resumed training.

Elsewhere, double All-Ireland winning Tyrone captain Brian Dooher has suffered a recurrence of a groin injury. Dooher was forced off during his club Clann na nGael’s league encounter against Pomeroy on Sunday.

Meanwhile Galway attacker Nicky Joyce has been dropped from the county senior football squad. The Killererin forward, who is a first cousin of fellow attacker Padraic, was dropped by manager Liam Sammon over the weekend for an alleged breach of discipline. Joyce started at right corner-forward in last month’s Connacht quarter-final win over London, but is now not set to be involved in their semi-final meeting with Sligo on June 28.

Richie Hogan has recovered from injury to line out at full-forward for Kilkenny in tomorrow night’s Leinster U21HC semi-final against Offaly in Nowlan Park at 7.30pm. Hogan is named instead of James Nolan in the only change to the starting 15. There are several positional changes with James Dowling moving to left half-back, and Mark Kelly and Martin Walsh forming a new midfield pairing. JJ Farrell starts at centre-forward, John Mulhall comes out to left half-forward with Liam Ryan going to left corner-forward.

KILKENNY (U21H v Offaly): C McGrath; P Murphy, A Kearns, C Fogarty; Lester Ryan, D Langton, J Dowling; M Kelly, M Walsh; C Fennelly, JJ Farrell, J Mulhall; M Bergin, R Hogan, Liam Ryan.

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