Down delegates’ ballot sees Carr depart after three seasons at the helm

ROSS CARR was last night ousted as Down senior football manager after a vote of club delegates went against him. Carr wished to stay on for a fourth season in charge but was removed after county board delegates opted to vote him out.

The twice All-Ireland winner led Down to this year’s Division 3 league final but they bowed out of the championship with disappointing losses to Fermanagh and Wicklow.

Meanwhile, Sligo last night reappointed Galway legend Kevin Walsh for a second season in charge following promising league and championship campaigns.

Elsewhere, Cork’s Anthony Lynch is set to be given every chance to prove his fitness for Sunday’s All-Ireland SFC quarter-final against Donegal, after boss Conor Counihan last night named him at left corner-back.

Lynch’s inclusion, at the expense of O’Regan, is one of three changes from the Cork side. The other switches also come in defence with Noel O’Leary returning from suspension to start at right half-back and John Miskella shaking off a knee ligament problem to play at left half-back. Ger Spillane and Kieran O’Connor are to make way.

Elsewhere the team is unchanged with Colm O’Neill and Fintan Goold, who both impressed when introduced against Limerick, having to be satisfied with places on the bench again. Donegal have been given the week off to regain freshness after a fatiguing run of qualifier action against Carlow, Clare, Derry and Galway.

Dublin will name their team tomorrow for Monday’s quarter-final clash with Kerry and are expected to replace suspended centre-back Ger Brennan with Bryan Cullen. All-Ireland champions Tyrone have several injury concerns ahead of their date with Kildare. Goalkeeper John Devine is definitely out with a dislocated shoulder, while Ryan Mellon is still struggling with the hamstring.

Opponents Kildare look set to be without in form wing-back Mickey Conway who picked up a knee injury in the qualifier win over Wicklow.

Limerick will name their team today for Saturday’s Round 4 qualifier against Meath.

CORK (SF v Donegal): A Quirke; R Carey, M Shields, A Lynch; N O’Leary, G Canty, J Miskella; A O’Connor, N Murphy; P Kerrigan, P O’Neill, P Kelly; D Goulding, J Masters, D O’Connor.

KERRY (MF v Roscommon): P O’Sullivan (Churchill); M Galvin (Ballymac), P Galvin (Ballymac), N Fitzgerald (Waterville); G Gibson (Waterville), J Coffey (Beaufort), D Wrenn (Tarbert); S Carroll (Austin Stacks), M Brennan (Churchill); N O’Shea (Dromid Pearses), J Sherwood (Firies), D O’Sullivan (Rathmore); M Reen (Rathmore); D Kelly (St Michaels/Foilmore), E O’Connor (St Michaels/ Foilmore)

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