Lynch to debut for Galway

Portumna's Eoin Lynch will make his championship debut when Galway meet Westmeath in their final All-Ireland SHC Group A qualifier tomorrow evening (Pearse Stadium, throw-in 7.00pm).

Portumna's Eoin Lynch will make his championship debut when Galway meet Westmeath in their final All-Ireland SHC Group A qualifier tomorrow evening (Pearse Stadium, throw-in 7.00pm).

Lynch, who helped Portumna win the AIB All-Ireland Club championship for the first time in March, will partner Fergal Healy in midfield with David Collins ruled out with a hamstring injury.

Collins was sent off late on in last weekend's qualifier loss to Waterford.

Galway manager Conor Hayes has made five changes to the side that lost by two points to the Deise.

David Tierney and Cathal Connolly, the son of former county star John, have been promoted into the half-forward line, while Niall Healy is in at left corner forward. Andrew Keary, Richie Murray and Alan Kerins are the forwards to make way.

Connolly, who hurls for the Castlegar club, impressed when coming off the bench and scoring an injury-time goal against Waterford.

In the half-back line, Ger Mahon replaces David Hayes.

Unless Waterford slip up in Laois, Hayes' men are looking at facing either Cork, the reigning Munster and All-Ireland champions, or Kilkenny, who retained the Leinster title last weekend, in the All-Ireland quarter-finals.

Galway, who lie two points behind Waterford in the table, last played Westmeath in the championship in 1984. Current manager Hayes lined out at full-back that day as the men from the west won the All-Ireland quarter-final tie by 2-17 to 2-08.

GALWAY (SHC v Westmeath) - L Donoghue (capt); D Joyce, T Og Regan, O Canning; D Hardiman, S Kavanagh, G Mahon; F Healy, E Lynch; C Connolly, D Forde, D Tierney; D Hayes, G Farragher, N Healy.

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