Gilroy rings changes as Cluxton back in action

DUBLIN make five changes in personnel as well as a couple of positional alterations for their NFL Division 1 clash with Mayo at McHale Park, Castlebar.

The changes see Stephen Cluxton replace Michael Savage in goals as the netminding duties are alternated. Former Ipswich Town goalkeeper, Shane Supple (St Brigid’s), was this week added to the Dublin squad and has been listed among the subs.

U21 duty on Saturday rules out Rory O’Carroll so Philly McMahon comes in at corner-back with Mick Fitzsimons starting at full-back.

Ger Brennan takes over from James Brogan at left-half back while up front David Henry and Paul Flynn replace Tiernan Diamond and Blaine Kelly with Michael Darragh MacAuley named at full-forward.

Eoin Cotter of the Douglas club makes his first start as unbeaten Cork take on Galway in the third round of the Allianz NFL under lights at Páirc Uí Rinn tomorrow night.

Cotter is selected at left corner-back on a team that shows a number of changes from that which defeated Kerry last time out.

Ken O’Halloran, Bishopstown, takes over in goal from Paddy O’Shea, Paudie Kissane starts at right half- back this time and Ger Spillane goes to centre-back with Noel O’Leary returning at left half in place of the suspended Eoin Cadogan.

Alan O’Connor and Pearse O’Neill renew their midfield partnership while Paul Kerrigan is moved from left corner-forward to right half-forward to the exclusion of Paul O’Flynn.

Colm O’Neill now takes over the left corner-forward berth with both Donnacha O’Connor and Nicholas Murphy continuing in their new roles of centre-forward and full-forward respectively.

Promising Galway defender Tomas Fahy will be out of action for a month after picking up an ankle injury.

The 2007 All-Ireland minor winner, who started at left corner-back in the win over Monaghan having come on as a sub against Mayo the previous week, will miss the game against Cork and is also likely to be out of the games against Kerry and Tyrone.

Tyrone manager Mickey Harte has made six changes to his side for Sunday’s NFL clash with Monaghan at Inniskeen. Justin McMahon, one of three players to return form suspension, replaces older brother Joe, currently serving a four week ban, at full back.

Conor Gornley and Martin Penrose also return, having served the bans handed out to them following the opening day defeat to Derry.

Back into the team come Cookstown pair Owen Mulligan and Raymond Mulgrew, following their All-Ireland IFC winning adventure with Cookstown last month.

The anticipated return of Brian Dooher and Sean Cavanagh to the match-day panel has been put on hold, but Ciaran Gourley and Ryan Mellon do return to the subs following injury.

Monaghan boss Seamus McEnaney has received a huge boost with former All-Star Tommy Freeman cleared to play against Tyrone.

Freeman picked up a leg injury in the loss to Galway last Sunday week but McEnaney is confident that the attacker will be able to play.

Eric Bradley and Shane Roche, both of whom missed the last game against Offaly, return to the Wexford team for Sunday’s League clash with Sligo at Wexford Park.

Cahir Healy is the first of the Portlaoise players to return to county action as he is one of five changes on the Laois team to play Armagh in O’Moore Park tomorrow night.

After losing to Donegal by 15 points in the last round, Sean Dempsey has really wielded the axe with the previously suspended trio of Billy Sheehan, Peter O’Leary and Kevin Meaney all named in attack.

The Heath’s Marty Dowling is picked to make his debut in goals instead of Conor Gorman as Dempsey examines all his options in the wake of Michael Nolan’s recent 12-week suspension arising out of Portlaoise’s loss to Kilmurry-Ibrickane in the All-Ireland semi-final.

Cathal Ryan loses out in defence to allow for Healy’s inclusion while Colm Coss and Daithi Carroll are dropped from the forward line. Donie Kingston wasn’t considered for selection as he is playing for the Laois U21s against Wicklow in Aughrim tomorrow afternoon.

Ronan Doolin selected at right half forward will make his League debut when Westmeath take on Meath at Navan tomorrow night.

CORK (SF v Galway): K. O’Halloran; R. Carey, M. Shields, E. Cotter; P. Kissane, G. Spillane, N. O’Leary; A. O’Connor, P. O’Neill; P. Kerrigan, D. O’Connor, P. Kelly; D. Goulding, N. Murphy, C. O’Neill.

GALWAY (SF v Cork): E. O’Conghaile, D. O’Neill, F. Hanley, G. Bradshaw, D. Reilly, D. Blake, G. O’Donnell, B. Cullinane, P. Conroy, C. Healy, S. Armstrong, D. Dunleavy, M. Meehan, J. Bergin, N. Joyce.

LAOIS (SF V Armagh): M. Dowling; J. Scully, M. Timmons, P. McMahon; D. Strong, C. Healy, C. Begley; C. óg Greene, B. Quigley; P. O’Leary, K. Meaney, N. Donoher; M. Tierney, P. Lawlor, B. Sheehan.

WESTMEATH (SF v Meath): G. Connaughton; F. Boyle, K. Gavin, J. Caffey; D. Harte, M. Ennis, D. Healy; D. O’Donoghue, D. Duffey, R. Doolin, J. Smyth, P. Bannon; T. Warburton, P. Greville, G. Hoey.

TYRONE (SF v Monaghan): J. Curran; D. Carlin, J. McMahon, S. O’Neill; D. Harte, C. Gormley, R. McMenamin; A. Cassidy, K. Hughes; C. Cavanagh, B. McGuigan, R. Mulgrew; T. McGuigan, M. Penrose, O. Mulligan.

WEXFORD (SF v Sligo): A. Masterson; J. Wadding, D. Walsh, B. Malone; N. Murphy, D. Murphy, A. Doyle; T. Bradley, D. Waters; P. Naughter, R. Barry, A. Flynn; C. Lyng, S. Roche, B. Brosnan.

SLIGO (SF v Wexford): P. Greene; N. Harrison, N. McGuire, R. Donovan; N. Ewing, M. Quinn, J. Davey; E. Mullen, T. Taylor; A. Costelloe, M. Breheny, F. Quinn; S. Coen, D. Kelly, K. Sweeney.

DUBLIN (SF v Mayo): S. Cluxton; ; P. Conlon, M. Fitzsimons, P. MacMahon ; P. Griffin, C. O’Sullivan, G. Brennan; E. Fennell, R. McConnell; (A. Hubbard, P. Flynn, K. Bonner; D. Henry, M. Darragh MacAuley, K. McManamon.

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