Saturday 16 December 2017

O'Mahony doubt for Kerry semi

KERRY have suffered a setback ahead of their All-Ireland SFC semi-final clash with Dublin, with reports emerging from the Kingdom that Aidan O'Mahony has suffered another injury and could miss the match on September 1.

O'Mahony sat out both Kerry's Munster Final win over Cork and their All-Ireland quarter-final defeat of Cavan after dislocated his elbow during an internal practice match a week before the former.

Hopes were high that the veteran Rathmore defender would be back in contention for the clash with Dublin, the first Championship meeting between the counties since the 2011 All-Ireland final.

However, it seems that O'Mahony has suffered a related injury and is a serious doubt for the Dublin match.

O'Mahony started both of Kerry's opening two matches in Munster, lining out at full-back in their big victories over Tipperary and Waterford and in his absence, Fitzmaurice has plumped for a full-back line containing Fionn Fitzgerald, Marc ó Sé and Shane Enright.

An update from county management this week also revealed that they hoped that Bryan Sheehan would be available as he recovers from an Achilles tendon injury while Jonathan Lyne's recovery from an ankle injury was ongoing.

It remains to be seen, however, whether James O'Donoghue will, if passed fit after recent hamstring problems, be selected after Kieran Donaghy was picked at full-forward for the Kingdom against Cavan having been dropped for the Cork win.

Midfielder Anthony Maher was a late withdrawal from the Kerry team for the Cavan win due to a back injury, although he is understood to have since resumed full training and may yet slot straight back into the team.


Gormley has ban lifted

CONOR GORMLEY is free to play for Tyrone in next Sunday week's All-Ireland SFC semi-final with Mayo after a successful hearing last night in Croke Park.

The three-time All-Ireland winner was proposed for a one-match ban after the CCCC reviewed video evidence of a flashpoint with Monaghan's Dessie Mone during the counties recent All-Ireland quarter-final.

Martin Penrose, who was sent off at the time for his part in the same incident, has had his ban upheld, however, and will miss the Mayo match pending a successful appeal to the CAC


Hennelley set to hold on

ROB HENNELLY looks set to retain the Mayo goalkeeper's jersey for their All-Ireland SFC semi-final against Tyrone.

Manager James Horan confirmed that the hamstring tear that has sidelined first-choice David Clarke since June is "more of a long-term injury" whereas understudy Kenneth O'Malley (ankle) has a chance of making the squad, depending on how he trains over the weekend.

Michael Conroy is "back up and running" after a recent hamstring injury.


Big names on West' list

PAT FLANAGAN could be facing some high-profile competition for his job as Westmeath football manager, with former Mayo boss John Maughan and current Kildare coach Jason Ryan included on a shortlist of six nominated by local clubs.

The other nominees are the much-travelled Luke Dempsey, who made his original managerial mark with Westmeath; former Dublin midfield star Jack Sheedy and ex-Offaly U21 boss Pascal Kelleghan.

But Tom Carr, who led Westmeath to this year's Leinster minor final, is a surprise omission.

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