Creedon poised to take Premier role

Corkman Peter Creedon is expected to be ratified as the new Tipperary senior football manager next week, replacing John Evans.

Creedon, who played for UCC and his home club Carbery Rangers, is a secondary school principal based in Tipperary Town, who has coached Premier County sides at minor and U21 level.

Kerry native Evans stepped down last weekend as manager after a run of defeats.

Meanwhile Cork manager Conor Counihan has brought Alan Quirke and Noel O’Leary back into his starting line-up for their trip to Castlebar to face Mayo in Division 1 of the Allianz Football League on Sunday. Quirke replaces Ken O’Halloran in goal, while with Eoin Cadogan tied up with the county hurling side this weekend, O’Leary takes his spot at right half-back. Attacking duo Fiachra Lynch and Daniel Goulding are still out due to injury problems.

Following last Sunday’s Division 2 league loss to Tyrone, Galway manager Alan Mulholland has named a much-changed side for their meeting with Monaghan this weekend. In defence, Colin Forde and Johnny Duane, members of last year’s All-Ireland U21 winning team, are named at left corner-back and centre-back respectively, with Keith Kelly and Diarmuid Blake both making way. In midfield, Athenry’s Tomas Flynn replaces Greg Higgins and will partner Joe Bergin. Finally Michael Martin and Cormac Bane are drafted into the attack in the corner-forward positions with Nicky Joyce switching to left half-forward as Niall Coleman and Danny Cummins both drop out of the team.

Tyrone boss Mickey Harte has made seven changes for Sunday’s Division 2 tie against Meath. Suspended defender PJ Quinn, who received a straight red card in last weekend’s win over Galway, is replaced by Conor Gormley, who will make his first start of the season. Another veteran defender, Ryan McMenamin, also gets a first start of 2012, coming in at wing back for Damian McCaul in one of seven changes from the side that won at Tuam last time out.

There’s a new midfield pairing in Aidan Cassidy and Colm Cavanagh, with Sean Cavanagh moving to wing forward and Mattie Donnelly dropping to the bench. Team captain Stephen O’Neill makes his first start since the round two win over Derry, replacing Owen Mulligan, while Niall McKenna comes in at full forward for Martin Penrose, who is ruled out by a shoulder injury.

Goalkeeper rotation continues on a Tyrone side that has not conceded a goal in the league this term, with John Devine coming in for Johnny Curran.

Manager Mickey Harte has suffered a blow with U21 attacker Ronan O’Neill set to be ruled out for the remainder of the season due to a suspected cruciate ligament injury. An initial scan has revealed damage to the cruciate, and the teenager is due to visit a specialist in Belfast today. He suffered the injury while training with the U21 squad earlier this week.

“It’s very unfortunate for Ronan himself, and unfortunate for the team,” said Tyrone U21 manager Raymond Munroe. “Ronan already has a year over him at this level, he has another year left, and that tells you the talent that the man is. We’ll get Ronan all the help he needs.”

Meanwhile Eric Bradley and Conor Carty are surprise omissions from the Wexford senior squad to play Antrim in their Division 3 tie at Casement Park on Sunday.

Both players were introduced as substitutes during last weekend’s success against Roscommon with manager Jason Ryan sticking with the starting 15 from that game.

CORK (SF v Mayo): A Quirke; R Carey, M Shields, E Cotter; N O’Leary, G Canty, P Kissane; P O’Neill, A O’Connor; F Goold, M Collins P Kelly; C O’Neill, A Walsh, D O’Connor.

GALWAY (SF v Monaghan): A Faherty; K McGrath, F Hanley, C Forde; G Bradshaw, J Duane, G O’Donnell; T Flynn, J Bergin; G Sice, D Burke, N Joyce; M Martin, P Conroy, C Bane.

TYRONE (SF v Meath): J Devine; A McCrory, Justin McMahon, C Gormley; C McCarron, P Harte, R McMenamin; A Cassidy, C Cavanagh; R McNabb, Mark Donnelly, S Cavanagh; K Coney, N McKenna, S O’Neill. Subs: J Curran, Matthew Donnelly, C Gervin, P Hughes, J Lafferty, D McCaul, S McNally, P McNeice, S McNulty, O Mulligan, M Murphy.

WEXFORD (SF v Antrim): A Masterson; R Tierney, G Molloy, B Malone; A Flynn, D Murphy, A Doyle; A Shore, D Waters; R Barry, C Morris, B Brosnan; C Lyng, P Byrne, PJ Banville. Subs: T Hughes; S Culleton, S Gaul, B Hearne, L Chin, S Roche, R Quinlivan, B Doyle, P Kelly, M O’Regan, J Holmes.

ARMAGH (SF v Down): P McEvoy; A Mallon, D McKenna, F Moriarty; K Dyas, C Vernon, P Duffy; P Carragher, BJ Padden; A Forker C Watter, A Duffy; C Rafferty, B Mallon, G McParland.

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