Hefty fines for Galway and Tipp

GALWAY and Tipperary have been each fined €5,000 following their ill-tempered NHL tie on April 5.

The hefty punishment was imposed after players brawled along the sideline late in the first half of the Pearse Stadium clash.

GAA disciplinary chiefs also imposed four week bans on Galway wing-forward Andy Smith and Tipperary midfielder Shane McGrath, neither of whom were censured by referee Barry Kelly

The only players admonished by Westmeath official Kelly were Galway midfielder Eoin Lynch and Tipperary full-back Paul Curran, who both received yellow cards and under the experimental rules had to be replaced.

Barry Johnson, Bride Rovers and Fintan O’Leary, Ballinhassig have been drafted into the Cork team for their last group game in the Allianz NHL against Waterford at Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Sunday.

Johnson has been selected at right corner-forward with O’Leary taking over the full-forward position on a side showing a number of changes from the team destroyed by Kilkenny last time out.

Cloyne’s Killian Cronin, who opted out of the inter-county scene over two years ago, is recalled at full-back with Blackrock’s Chris Murphy filling the left corner-back berth.

Tom Kenny is switched to right half-back with Kieran Murphy of Erins Own linking up with Jerry O’Connor at midfield.

Graham Callinan is named at right half-forward with his Glen Rovers colleague, Pat Horgan, starting at centre-forward.

All-Ireland champions Kilkenny will be without ace forward Ritchie Power for their home game against Dublin at Nowlan Park and it’s also likely the Carrickshock star will also miss the League final against Tipperary at Semple Stadium, Thurles on May 3 because of a badly damaged hamstring.

Manager Brian Cody is set to use the Dublin game as a dress rehearsal for the Pennant decider and is likely to name the same team that roasted Cork with J.J. Delaney, Brian Hogan, Tommy Waalsh, Mick Kavanagh and Noel Hickey again looking on.

Offaly’s prospects for Sunday’s crucial NHL clash against Antrim at Tullamore have been severely hit with three key defenders ruled out of the starting line-up.

Full-back David Kenny and half-back Diarmuid Horan missed the last round win over Wexford, and they also be absentees in the O’Connor Park tie, which will decide which side gains a place in the televised (TG4) Division Two final, the winners of which will clinch promotion.

And now the injured duo have been joined on the treatment table by experienced corner-back David Franks who sustained a back injury in the Wexford game.

“It’s a serious enough injury, and there is no question of David being ready for Sunday,” said team selector Pat Moloughney. “But hopefully he’ll be back for the Championship game against Wexford (on May 30).”

On the credit side for the Faithful County is that experienced forward-cum-midfielder Brendan Murphy could be set to start his first match in the current League campaign.

Because of a knee ligament problem, Murphy missed the first three matches, but he featured as a used sub in the subsequent outings agains Down, Laois and Wexford, playing for the last 20 minutes against the Slaneysiders. Moloughney added: “We used Brendan at midfield, and so it was a fairly demanding physical test for him in terms of the amount of running he had to do. “But thankfully he came through without any problem.”

On the evidence of the Wexford game, full-back Ger Oakley may struggle to retain his place in the Offaly starting line-up.Oakley was withdrawn in the positional re-shuffle which saw Murphy introduced into the action against Colm Bonnar’s side.

To accommodate Murphy, Rory Hanniffy was moved from midfield to centre-back, with Paul Cleary switching from the pivotal position to the No 3 berth.

Gordan Kelly has been named full back for the first time on the Clare team to meet London in the NFL Division 4 game at Cusack Park, Ennis on Saturday, while his brother Graham lines out in the right half forward position.

CORK SH (v Waterford): D Óg Cusack; S O’Neill, K Cronin, C Murphy; T Kenny, R Curran, C McGann; K Murphy, (Erins Own), J O Connor; G Callanan, P Horgan, P Cronin; B Johnson, F O’Leary (Ballinhassig), C Naughton.

CLARE SF (v London): D O’Brien; M McMahon, G Kelly, D Ryan; N Considine, K Dilleen, L Markham; D Russell, G Brennan; G Kelly, S Coughlan, S Collins; M O’Shea, T Ryan, D Turbridy.


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