Debut for Maher as Tipp ring changes

BRENDAN MAHER (Borris-Ileigh) makes his Allianz NHL debut at right wing back for Tipperary against Cork under lights at Semple Stadium on Saturday in a team that shows six changes from the team which defeated Waterford last weekend.

Maher, Gerry Kennedy, Eamonn Buckley, Shane McGrath, John Devane and Pa Bourke come in instead of Benny Dunne, Brendan Cummins, Conor O’Brien, Thomas Stapleton, John O’Brien and the injured Willie Ryan.

Cork have one change in personnel and one positional switch from the side that started against Dublin. Joe Moran, Carrigaline, is in at right half back, with Eoin Keane taking over the right corner back berth from Eoin Clancy. Up front Michael Collins and Adrian Mannix swap places; Mannix starting at full-forward and Collins in the right corner.

Tyrone manager Mickey Harte has made one change for Sunday’s big NFL clash with Kerry at Healy Park. Johnny Curran replaces goalkeeper John Devine, with the outfield contingent getting a vote of confidence following the thrilling Croke Park win over Dublin.

Following their stirring victory over Clare last weekend, Limerick manager Justin McCarthy is unlikely to make any change for Sunday’s visit to Nowlan Park to take on All-Ireland champions Kilkenny. Both Stephen Walsh and Seamus Hickey, who shifted heavy knocks, are reported to be on the mend.

Dublin will be without the injured Joey Boland for their NHL showdown with Galway at Parnell Park on Sunday. The Na Fianna player damaged an ankle in last Sunday’s three-goal victory over Cork.

Waterford make two changes, one enforced, for their NFL home tie against Kilkenny at Leamybrien tomorrow. John Phelan comes in at right half back in place of Wayne Hennessy, who is on holidays, while Stephen Cunningham takes over the right corner forward position from Dermot Lacey.

Clare, who ran Sligo to a point in their opening game, have made one change for their visit to Casement Park to take on Antrim tomorrow. Tomás Madigan comes in at left corner back for the injured Gordon Kelly.

Understandably, following their big win over Offaly, Roscommon have named an unchanged side for their visit to Limerick tomorrow.

The Wexford team to play Monaghan shows a number of changes to the side defeated by Armagh. Philip Wallace and David Walsh return to the full-back line; Diarmuid Kinsella gets a start at centre-forward; Shane Cullen moves from centre-forward to wing back and David Fogarty to midfield. Ciarán Lyng drops down to the substitute bench with Matty Forde returning to his customary corner-forward position.

Meanwhile, Galway boss Liam Sammon wants the Tribesmen to end their dismal record against Dublin and notch their first win in 29 years on Sunday.

Galway have not beaten the Dubs since a 1-6 to 0-8 win in Croke Park in 1980, while they have not defeated them in Galway since 1965.

Indeed, that win in Tuam in March 1965 — a crowd of over 25,000 attended — was before Sammon made his debut for Galway as they completed a three-in-a-row All-Ireland success the following year.

“It is a long time to go without defeating a side but, hopefully, we can change that on Sunday. It should be a great encounter and we are looking forward to it,” said Sammon.

All-Ireland Club hurling champions Portumna received a double boost ahead of their semi-final showdown with Ballyhale Shamrocks in Thurles on Sunday week. The experienced Davy Canning, who missed their county final win over Gort with a broken thumb, has recovered. And his brother Ivan, goalkeeper in the side, has recovered from an ankle injury.

TIPPERARY (SH v Cork): G. Kennedy; E. Buckley, D. Fanning, P. Curran; B. Maher, C. O’Mahony, D. Fitzgerald; S. Maher, S. McGrath; J. Woodlock, J. Devane, P. Kerwick; P. Kelly, P. Maher, P. Bourke.

CORK (SH v Tipperary): A. Kennedy; E. Keane, C. Murphy, C. O’Sullivan; J. Moran, R. Ryan, C. Leahy; B. Johnson, G. O’Connor; T. óg Murphy, A. Ryan, D. Crowley; M. Collins, A. Mannix, E. Cronin.

CORK (SF v Kildare): A Quirke; G Spillane, N O’Donovan, A Lynch; N O’Leary, G Canty, J Miskella; A O Connor, P O Neill; C Mc Carthy F Goold, P Kelly; D Goulding, M Cussen, D O’Connor.

TYRONE (SF v Kerry): J. Curran; M. Swift, Justin McMahon, M. McGee; D. Harte, R. McMenamin, P. Jordan; E. McGinley, A. Cassidy; T. McGuigan, C. McCullogh, J. McMahon; S. O’Neill, S. Cavanagh, O. Mulligan.

ROSCOMMON (SF v Limerick): G. Claffey; P. Gleeson, J. Nolan, P. Domican; S. McDermott, D. Casey, S. Purcell; B. Higgins, K. Mannion; G. Cox (C), D. Keenan, C. Devaney; F. Cregg, S. Kilbride, G. Heneghan.

WATERFORD (SF v Kilkenny): T. Wall; S. Prendergast, T. O’Gorman, M. Prendergast; J. Phelan, E. Rockett, P. Ogle; M. Ahern, S. O’Hehir; C. McGrath, B. Wall, M. O’Gorman; S. Cunningham, L. Lawlor, L. O’Lionan.

CLARE (SF v Antrim): J. Hayes; M. McMahon, C. Whelan, T. Madigan; J. Markham, K. Dilleen, Graham Kelly; G. Brennan, F. O’Dea; D. Russell, P. Reidy, C. O’Connor; M. O’Shea, T. Ryan, D. Turbridy.

WEXFORD (SF v Monaghan): A. Masterson; D. Walsh, P. Wallace, B. Malone; C. Morris, P. Colfer, S. Cullen; B. Doyle, D. Fogarty; A. Flynn, D. Kinsella, C. Byrne; C. Deely, P. J. Banville, M. Forde.

MAYO (SF v Donegal): D. Clare; L. O’Malley, G. Cafferkery, D. Vaughan; P. Gardiner, T. Cunniffe, P. Kelly; T. Parsonns, R. McGarriry; B. J. Padden, T. Mortimer, A. Dillon; A. Moran, B. Moran, M. Sweeney.

FERMANAGH (SF v Meath): R. Gallagher; S. Goan, S. Lyons, M. Jones; T. McElroy, S. McDermott, D. Kelly; S. O’Brien, J. Sheery; C. McElroy, R. Keenan, P. Cadden; E. Maguire, S. Ryder, E, Ferris.

DERRY (SF v Westmeath):B Gillis; B Óg McAlary, S M Lockhart, G O’Kane; P Cartin, B McGoldrick, C McKaigue; F Doherty, J Diver; E Lynn, J Kielt, B Mullan; E Brown, E Bradley, P Bradley.

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