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Wednesday 28 June 2017

Tipp ace avoids bad break

Michael Quinlivan of Tipperary lies injured on the pitch during the Munster GAA Football Senior Championship Semi-Final match between Cork and Tipperary at Pairc Ui Rinn in Cork. Photo: Sportsfile
Michael Quinlivan of Tipperary lies injured on the pitch during the Munster GAA Football Senior Championship Semi-Final match between Cork and Tipperary at Pairc Ui Rinn in Cork. Photo: Sportsfile

Tipperary footballers may be without Michael Quinlivan for their first foray into the qualifiers next month - but the All Star attacker has at least avoided a season-ending broken ankle.

Premier observers feared the worst when Quinlivan suffered a nasty twist on landing during the first half of Saturday's Munster SFC semi-final defeat to Cork.

A scan has indicated ligament damage but, as manager Liam Kearns explained: "We were afraid it was a broken ankle, but thanks be to God it doesn't look like it's broken anyway.

"He's out for a number of weeks anyway. I don't know will he make the qualifier or not. It's a huge blow," Kearns told the RTÉ GAA Podcast.

Killarney's Fitzgerald Stadium will host the Munster football final between Kerry and Cork after the Rebels admitted defeat in their race against time to open the new Páirc Uí Chaoimh.

The Cork county board also confirmed yesterday that its new home won't be ready to host the Munster senior hurling final, as originally planned, after being told that the scheduled handover date of June 18 would not now be met.

Some commissioning works are now set to be completed by July 7, with the first game in the new stadium now pencilled in for mid-July.

"Clearly we are disappointed but we want everything to be pristine before the stadium hosts its first major games," said Cork chairman Ger Lane. "We want to be certain that all the expectations for this tremendous new facility will be fully met and we are satisfied that this will be the case by mid-July."

Roscommon boss Kevin McStay has revealed his hand early for Sunday's Connacht semi-final against Leitrim, selecting three SFC debutants in goalkeeper Colm Lavin, Tadhg O'Rourke at midfield and Brian Stack at wing-forward.

Roscommon (SFC v Leitrim): C Lavin; D Murray, J McManus, N McInerney; S McDermott, S Mullooly, C Devaney; T O'Rourke, E Smith; F Cregg, N Kilroy, B Stack; C Murtagh, D Murtagh, D Smith.

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