Two changes for Galway hurlers

Galway manager John McIntyre has made two changes to his starting selection for Sunday's Leinster SHC semi-final against Offaly at Croke Park (throw-in 4pm).

Galway manager John McIntyre has made two changes to his starting selection for Sunday's Leinster SHC semi-final against Offaly at Croke Park (throw-in 4pm).

Both changes are in attack with Aonghus Callanan and Iarla Tannian coming in for the Tribesmen.

Callanan replaces the suspended Andy Smith at left half-forward, after the Portumna clubman picked up a red card in the 2-22 to 1-14 win over Wexford.

Meanwhile, Tannian comes into the side in place of Joe Gantley in the full-forward line. Aidan Harte is also fit to start after overcoming a hip injury sustained when in action with his club Gort last weekend.

Lorrha native McIntyre has had previous spells as Offaly manager, and he says he still has a huge regard for his former charges.

"Obviously, I still have a soft spot for Offaly hurling," he told the Connacht Tribune.

"They are a proud hurling county and I have huge regard for their players and supporters. I am not the first manager, though, who finds himself in this position and I won't be the last, but my complete focus is on helping Galway to achieve what they are capable of."

Meanwhile, Offaly manager Joe Dooley has yet to name his starting line-up for Sunday's encounter.

The three-time All-Ireland winner has been sweating on the fitness of both James Rigney and Derek Molloy in recent days.

Rigney is currently undergoing treatment for a groin injury, while Molloy is recovering from an ankle problem.

GALWAY (SHC v Offaly): C Callanan; D Joyce, S Kavanagh, O Canning; D Barry, T Óg Regan, D Collins; G Farragher, D Burke; D Hayes, C Donnellan, A Callanan, A Harte, J Canning, I Tannian.

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