McConnell gets nod to start in goal for Tyrone

TYRONE boss Mickey Harte has drafted Pascal McConnell into his starting line-up for Sunday’s All-Ireland SFC quarter-final against Kildare.

McConnell will start in goal after regular netminder John Devine was ruled out of contention when he dislocated his shoulder in training last weekend.

McConnell, who started in last year’s All-Ireland final victory over Kerry, gets the nod ahead of Jonathan Curran. Elsewhere the side is unchanged from the Ulster final triumph two weeks ago with Enda McGinley and Brian McGuigan having to be content with places on the bench once more.

Kieran McGeeney has delayed naming the Kildare team for Sunday’s clash in order to give Eamonn Callaghan every chance to prove his fitness after the Naas attacker has been dogged by a groin problem recently.

If proven fit Callaghan is expected to get the nod at full-forward instead of Ken Donnelly. In defence Gary White is favoured to replace Mikey Conway, who will be out of action for up to eight months having ruptured his cruciate ligament, while the only other possible change could be the introduction of Kevin O’Neill for Mick Foley in defence. O’Neill had missed the start of the campaign due to a dislocated shoulder.

Limerick manager Mickey Ned O’Sullivan has opted to stick with the starting 15 that suffered a heartbreaking defeat against Cork in the Munster final for Saturday’s delayed All-Ireland Qualifier Round 4 clash against Meath.

That means there is no place for Kieran O’Callaghan or Jason Stokes in team despite both players seeing extended action in the Cork match.

Dual stars Mark O’Riordan and Stephen Lucey take their positions in defence as they get set to be back in action again just six days after helping the Limerick hurlers to an All-Ireland quarter-final victory over Dublin.

Captain Sean Buckley has managed to shrug off a knee injury to take his place at left half-forward on the team.

“The injury’s not too bad now and it’s improved greatly over the last week or so,” revealed the Dromcollogher-Broadford man. “I picked up some kind of knee strain in training after the Cork game. But the treatment has gone well and I don’t think it’s anything too major.”

Donegal boss John Joe Doherty will announce his side this afternoon for Sunday’s All-Ireland quarter-final clash with Cork in Croke Park. It is expected Doherty will announce an unchanged team for the third week running following Donegal’s recent qualifier exploits. Long-term injury victims Christy Toye and Michael Maguire are the only absentees from the Donegal squad.

Meanwhile Mayo will have to plan without full-forward Barry Moran for next weekend’s All-Ireland quarter-final against the winners of the Limerick-Meath qualifier tie. Manager John O’Mahony last night revealed that the Castlebar Mitchels attacker broke a bone in his hand on Tuesday night in training.

“Barry Moran is out for Sunday week. On Tuesday night in training he broke a bone in his hand on. It is a similar injury to the one that he had prior to the Connacht final last year. That’s a blow for us and a blow for him and it will also give an opportunity for someone else to fill in.

“It is hard to know how long he’ll be out. He is definitely out for Sunday week. We will hand him over to the medical people and hopefully they will have him back as soon as possible, but the minimum is four weeks.

“It wasn’t a complicated break, there was no displacement or anything like that but there was a fracture and he is in a cast and unless there is a miracle we will not have him for the quarter-final.”

TYRONE (SF v Kildare): P McConnell; PJ Quinn, Justin McMahon, R McMenamin; D Harte, C Gormley, P Jordan; K Hughes, S Cavanagh; B Dooher, T McGuigan, Joe McMahon; M Penrose, S O’Neill, O Mulligan.

Subs: J Curran, D Carlin, A Cassidy, C Cavanagh, G Devlin, N Gormley, C Gourley, C Holmes, C McCullagh, M McGee, E McGinley, B McGuigan, R Mulgrew, S O’Neill, M Swift

LIMERICK (SF v Meath): S Kiely; J McCarthy, S Gallagher, M O’Riordan; S Lavin, S Lucey, P Ranahan; J O’Donovan, J Galvin; P Browne, C Joyce-Power, S Buckley; G Collins, S Kelly, I Ryan.

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