O’Grady back to lead Limerick, Dubs make two changes for Monaghan clash

Limerick hurling captain Donal O’Grady returns at centre-forward for Sunday’s All-Ireland semi-final meeting with Kilkenny.

O’Grady back to lead Limerick, Dubs make two changes for Monaghan clash

O’Grady, an absentee last day out against Wexford with a muscle tear in his lower calf, has been passed fit to start this weekend. South Liberties’ Thomas Ryan, who lined out at wing-forward in the 24-point quarter-final win over Wexford, loses out, with Declan Hannon reverting to his familiar No 12 role.

The Dublin team to face Monaghan in tomorrow’s All-Ireland football quarter-final shows two changes from the side which crushed Meath to secure a ninth provincial title in 10 years.

Johnny Cooper, who missed the Leinster decider with a quad muscle injury, is selected at centre-back, with Johnny McCaffrey dropping to the bench.

Further forward, Eoghan O’Gara has been handed the number 14 shirt at Paul Mannion’s expense, reward for his 1-1 Leinster final contribution.

Kevin McManamon has been moved out to centre-forward for the tie, with Alan Brogan occupying the right corner-forward position.

Monaghan manager Malachy O’Rourke has named an unchanged side from the team which scored an extra-time victory over Kildare last weekend.

Meanwhile, former Meath captain Seamus Kenny says he quit inter-county football partly because of the amount of injuries he was picking up.

The 34-year old wing-back confirmed his retirement yesterday, having initially joined the panel in 2001 when Meath reached the All-Ireland final. Kenny sat out Meath’s qualifier loss to Armagh due to hip trouble.

“The way the body has been in the last year or so, it made the decision easier in the end,” said Kenny.

“I’ve been constantly carrying knocks and niggles. It’s been tough just getting through games and training sessions.”

Elsewhere, Anthony Cunningham’s future as Galway hurling manager has been thrown into serious doubt after it emerged last night that three candidates – including former All-Ireland winner Brendan Lynskey – are to challenge him for the position.

Current U-21 manager Johnny Kelly and Mattie Kenny, who was replaced this year having been a selector with Cunningham for two seasons, have also been nominated.

LIMERICK (All-Ireland SHC semi-final v Kilkenny): N Quaid; T Condon, R McCarthy, S Hickey; P O’Brien, W McNamara, G O’Mahony; J Ryan, P Browne; D Breen, D O’Grady, D Hannon; S Dowlin, K Downes, G Mulcahy.

DUBLIN (All-Ireland SFC quarter-final v Monaghan): S Cluxton; M Fitzsimmons, R O’Carroll, P McMahon; J McCarthy, J Cooper, N Devereux; MD Macauley, C O’Sullivan; P Flynn, K McManamon, D Connolly; A Brogan, E O’Gara, B Brogan.

MONAGHAN (SFC): R Beggan; C Boyle, D Wylie, C Walsh; D Mone, V Corey, F Kelly; D Clerkin, D Hughes; P McKenna, P Finlay, K Hughes, T Kerr, C McGuinness, C McManus.

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