FOR THE first time since the inauguration of the Railway Cup hurling competition back in 1927, the Munster team to play Connacht in this season’s semi-final at Pearse Stadium, Galway on Saturday contains no Cork player.
All-Ireland finalists Waterford provide six of the team with Declan Prendergast lining out at full-back, Eoin Murphy at left corner-back, Michael Walsh at centre-back, Seamus Prendergast on the right flank of attack, Ken McGrath on the forty and Stephen Molumphy at full-forward.
Tipp have the next biggest representation with five players, including goalkeeper Brendan Cummins, right corner-back Conor O’Brien, right half-back Benny Dunne, midfielder Shane McGrath and left corner-forward Paul Kelly.
Limerick have three representatives with Seamus Hickey playing at left half-back, Donal O’Grady partnering Shane McGrath at midfield and Andrew O’Shaughnessy at top of the right.
The sole Clare representative is Tony Griffen named at left half-forward.
Two Cork players, team captain Ray Ryan of Sarsfields and Bride Rovers midfielder Barry Johnson, have been included on the substitutes panel.
Prior to the naming of the team selector Len Gaynor pointed out that no member of the 2008 Cork team, who are currently in dispute, would be considered because of their match inactivity.
Seven members of Kilkenny’s All-Ireland winning side have been included in the Leinster team for their semi-final meeting with Ulster at Casement Park on Saturday.
They are goalkeeper PJ Ryan, left corner back Jackie Tyrell, right half back Tommy Walsh, centre back JJ Delaney and the full forward line of Aidan Fogarty, Ritchie Power and Eddie Brennan.
Wexford provide four players left half back Michael Jacob, midfielder Colm Farrell, centre forward Eoin Quigley and left half forward Diarmuid Lyng.
Offaly have three players on the team with David Franks named at right corner back, David Kenny at full back and Rory Hannify as midfield partner to Colm Farrell.
Dublin’s sole representative is Alan McGrabbe selected at right half forward.
Antrim, Derry and Down provide the nucleus of the Ulster side which will be captained by centre back Liam Hinphey of Derry. Hinphey’s brother Kevin also makes the team at right half forward.
MUNSTER (SH v Connacht): B. Cummins (Tipperary); C. O’Brien (Tipperary), D. Prendergast (Waterford), E. Murphy (Waterford); B. Dunne (Tipperary); M. Walsh (Waterford), S. Hickey (Limerick); S. McGrath (Tipperary), D. O’Grady (Limerick); S. Prendergast (Waterford), K. McGrath (Waterford), T. Griffin (Clare); A. O’Shaughnessy (Limerick), S. Molumphy (Waterford), P. Kelly (Tipperary).
Subs: C. Hennessy (Waterford) D. Fitzgerald (Tipperary) S. O’Sullivan (Waterford) J. Clancy (Clare) G. O’Grady (Clare) B. Johnson (Cork) R. Ryan (Cork) J. Woodlock (Tipperary) G. Quinn (Clare)
Selectors: L. Gaynor (Tipperary), Manager G. Fitzgerald (Cork), M. O’Riordan (Limerick), A. Cunningham (Clare) P. Queally (Waterford).
LEINSTER (SH v Ulster): P. J. Ryan (Kilkenny); D. Franks (Offaly), D. Kenny (Offraly), J. Tyrell (Kilkenny); T. Walsh (Kilkenny), J. J. Delaney (Kilkenny), M. Jacob (Wexford); R. Hannify (Offaly), C. Farrell (Wexford); A, McGrabbe (Dublin), E. Quigley (Wexford, D. Lyng (Wexford); A. Fogarty (Kilkenny), R. Power (Kilkenny), E. Brennan (Kilkenny.
ULSTER (SH v Leinster): R. McGarry (Antrim); K. McGourley (Antrim), R. McGarrity (Antrim), M. Greggs (Derry); K. Herron (Antrim), L. Hinphey (Derry), J. Campbell (Antrim); A. Savage (Derry), B. Herron; (Antrim), K. Hinphey (Derry), B. McGourity (Down), P, Branack (Derry); P. J. O’Connell (Antrim), K. Stewart (Antrim), B. Hughes (Antrim).
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