Tuesday 25 October 2016

Same '15' for Ger as Dubs eye last-six

GER CUNNINGHAM has named an unchanged Dublin hurling team for tomorrow's arguably summer-defining qualifier against Limerick.

In naming the same team that started their ten-point win over Laois, the Corkman has stuck by the positional revamp that saw Liam Rushe restored to centre-back and Conal Keaney to full-forward.

Limerick have recalled Declan Hannon and Seamus Hickey, the former having come off the bench away to Westmeath last Sunday.

Hickey, a current All Star, replaces corner-back Tom Condon who is out with a shoulder injury. Hannon takes over from Seánie Tobin.

On the football front, embattled Meath boss Mick O'Dowd has avoided liberal use of the axe in response to their shock provincial implosion against Westmeath.

The team for tomorrow's daunting qualifier trip to Tyrone shows two changes from that Leinster semi-final ambush - and one of those is enforced by Paddy O'Rourke's suspension following his red card against Westmeath, as Oldcastle's Conor McHugh takes over the No 1 jersey.

One other change sees wing-back Davy Dalton, a 45th minute replacement for Mickey Burke 12 days ago, now start ahead of Burke.

Tyrone also make a goalkeeping switch, Niall Morgan recalled for Michael O'Neill, while Joe McMahon replaces brother Justin, both switches prompted by injury.

DUBLIN (SHC v Limerick): G Maguire; N Corcoran, C O'Callaghan, P Schutte; C Crummey, L Rushe, S Barrett; J McCaffrey, R O'Dwyer; C Boland, E Dillon, D Sutcliffe; P Ryan, C Keaney, M Schutte.

LIMERICK (SHC): N Quaid; S Hickey, R McCarthy, S O'Brien; P O'Brien, G O'Mahony, W McNamara; P Browne, J Ryan; D Breen, D Hannon, S Dowling; G Mulcahy, K Downes, C Lynch.

MEATH (SFC v Tyrone): C McHugh; J McEntee, C McGill, D Tobin; D Keogan, K Reilly, D Dalton; B Menton, H Rooney; G Reilly, P Harnan, A Tormey; E Wallace, S Bray, B McMahon.

TYRONE (SFC): N Morgan; A McCrory, R McNamee, C McCarron; R McNabb, Joe McMahon, P Harte; C Cavanagh, M Donnelly; T McCann, R O'Neill, R Brennan; D McCurry, S Cavanagh, C McAliskey.

GALWAY (SFC v Armagh): B O'Donoghue; J Duane, F Hanley, C Sweeney; L Silke, G O'Donnell, G Bradshaw; F Ó Curraoin, T Flynn; G Sice, P Conroy, S Denvir; P Óg O Griofa, D Comer, M Lundy.

TIPPERARY (SFC v Louth): E Comerford; C McDonald, P Codd, J Feehan; S Kennedy, P Acheson, A Campbell; C O'Riordan, I Fahey; B Fox, C Sweeney, L Casey; K O'Halloran, M Quinlivan, P Austin.


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