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Friday 15 December 2017

Johnston rubbishes non-resident speculation

WANTAWAY Cavan forward Seánie Johnston has reiterated that he is living permanently in Kildare as he awaits the green light from Croke Park to reignite his inter-county career.

The Cavan county board executive has questioned Johnston's assertion that he's now resident in Straffan, leaving the player's transfer application to join Kildare in the hands of the CCCC.

But speaking yesterday after his first training session with prospective new club St Kevin's, the 27-year-old declared: "As far as I'm concerned, Cavan Gaels have signed off on it. They know I'm living down here at this stage. Unfortunately Cavan have put in an objection so we'll have to wait and see what Croke Park says."

While Johnston is still teaching in Cavan town, the player insists this is irrelevant.

"If I'm playing with Kildare and training six days a week, it's impossible to be living in Cavan. I'm living in Straffan.

"If anyone wants to come down for tea, they're more than welcome," he concluded.

THE female Derrytresk fan who reportedly hit Kerry star Declan O'Sullivan with a handbag, following the controversial All-Ireland JFC semi-final against Dromid Pearses, could be facing a year out from the GAA. It's understood the CCCC has proposed a 48-week suspension for O'Sullivan's alleged assailant.

MICKEY HARTE has revealed that 2008 Footballer Of the Year, Seán Cavanagh, is ahead of schedule in his comeback from a shoulder injury.

The Moy man suffered the injury during pre-Test training for Ireland's International Rules tour late last year but made a 67th minute appearance on Saturday night as Tyrone got their Allianz Division 2 campaign off to a five-point victory over Kildare.

"He is back ahead of schedule," Harte explained. "He was able to train the last two to three weeks. Not a lot of contact but his fitness levels were beginning to build up again.

"It is just about confidence now and taking another tackle. It is good to see him being as ready as that because initially his comeback was predicted a bit further back than this."

JOE CANNING looked back to his briliant best yesterday for Galway as he hit 1-10 against Laois in a routine Walsh Cup semi-final win.

The Portumna star managed 1-2 from play with James Regan hitting the Tribesmen's second goal en route to a 2-19 to 0-11 win.

They will now play Kilkenny in the final after their team of recent county U21s managed a five-point victory over Westmeath.

John Power scored 1-8 (6f) while fellow senior hopefuls Ger Aylward and Mark Bergin pitched in with a four and three points repectively as Westmeath - powered by Brendan Murtagh's 1-10 - struggled to contain a late Kilkenny power surge.

DIT were beaten by Offaly , 0-22 to 1-14, after extra-time in Tullamore in the Walsh Shield final.

Encouragingly for Dublin hurling manager, Anthony Daly, Cuala's David Treacy came through another full 70 minutes for the college and top scored with eight points, all frees to put himself firmly in contention for Dublin's opening league clash with Galway on Sunday week.

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