Healy back in Galway line-up

The Galway hurlers have made one change ahead of their All-Ireland SHC second round qualifier against Antrim tomorrow at Pearse Stadium (throw-in 3pm).

The Galway hurlers have made one change ahead of their All-Ireland SHC second round qualifier against Antrim tomorrow at Pearse Stadium (throw-in 3pm).

Niall Healy is brought in at full-forward as the Tribesmen bid to earn quarter-final qualification out of Group A with the minimum degree of fuss against the Ulster champions.

Healy's inclusion sees Kevin Hayes, who struck 1-1 last time out against Laois, shifting back to centre half-forward with David Forde missing out due to injury.

Clarinbridge club man Forde sustained a stomach muscle strain against Laois and has lost his battle to be fit in time for this weekend.

Top scorer against Laois Ger Farragher shifts over to right corner-forward and Damien Hayes moves out to the left in one notable positional change up front.

Championship newcomers Shane Kavanagh, Kevin Hayes, Colin Coen and Ger Mahon, a star wing back on last year's All-Ireland winning Galway minor side, all retain their places in Conor Hayes' starting line-up.

Meanwhile, Andy Coen has returned to training after a groin injury, boosting Hayes' defensive options for the weeks ahead.

GALWAY (SHC v Antrim): L Donoghue; D Joyce, S Kavanagh, C Coen; G Mahon, D Hardiman, O Canning; T Og Regan, D Collins; R Murray, K Hayes, D Tierney; G Farragher, N Healy, Damien Hayes.

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