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Abuse may force Kelly to call time

WATERFORD forward Eoin Kelly says he is considering his inter-county hurling future after his son was verbally abused by some supporters from the county after Sunday's All-Ireland SHC semi-final defeat to Tipperary.

Kelly was substituted during the match and appeared irked by the decision of manager, Davy Fitzgerald, to replace him after just 51 minutes.

However, according to Kelly, his wife and four-year old son were confronted by some Déise fans outside Jury's Croke Park Hotel straight after the match, mocking the Passage star's performance. "He's still very upset," said Kelly of his son. You'd have to aks yourself whether it's worth carrying on playing for Waterford, if this is kind of thing you have to deal with."

KILKENNY were given some respite from their recent injury woes after it emerged that Tommy Walsh will be fit to play in next month's All-Ireland hurling final. The seven-time All Star was hurt playing for his club, Tullaroan, on Sunday and was taken off nursing a shoulder injury, sparking speculation that he would be Kilkenny's latest high-profile casualty ahead of their bid to become the first team to win five All-Ireland titles in succession next month against Tipperary.

The damage was confined to the A/C shoulder joint and Kilkenny selector, Martin Fogarty described the the injury as "similar to Brian Hogan's" but maintained that Walsh "should be fine with treatment". However, the Kilkenny camp have flatly denied that cruciate knee ligament victim, Henry Shefflin, will be in any shape to play on September 5.

KEVIN WALSH was ratified was Sligo manager for a further two years last night, thus ending speculation that he would return to his native Galway to take up the vacant managerial post. Walsh has served two terms in Sligo, securing successive promotions in the NFL and beating Galway and Mayo in the championship before falling foul of Roscommon in the Connacht final.

JUSTIN McNULTY was ratified as senior football manager in Laois.

CONOR HAYES has emerged as a candidate to take over the hurling job in the O'Moore county.