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Monday 18 December 2017

Tipperary set to bench Kelly

SPECULATION is mounting that Eoin Kelly could find himself on the Tipp bench for Sunday's Munster SHC semi-final against Cork.

The 2010 All-Ireland winning captain is coming under intense pressure to retain his attacking place following his substitution against Limerick last month. James Woodlock could also lose out amid indications that Patrick 'Bonner' Maher and Shane Maher, who starred coming off the bench against the Shannonsiders, will be recalled for the Páirc Uí Chaoimh showdown.

On the football front, Wicklow are sweating over the fitness of Ciarán Hyland for their SFC qualifier against Waterford on Saturday week after the highly rated man-marker sustained an injury while supporting the Republic of Ireland soccer team in Poland.

Hyland went over on his ankle and is receiving intensive physiotherapy.

SFC QUALIFIERS RD 1 - Sat June 30 (7.0 unless stated): London v Antrim, Ruislip 1.0; Wicklow v Waterford, Aughrim 2.30; Westmeath v Louth, Mullingar; Tipperary v Offaly, Semple Stadium; Laois v Carlow, Portlaoise; Longford v Derry, Pearse Park. Sun July 1 (2.30): Roscommon v Armagh, Dr Hyde Pk; Fermanagh v Cavan, Brewster Park.

FIXTURES

TONIGHT

BORD GAIS ENERGY LEINSTER U-21 SEMI-FINALS (Extra-time if necessary)

Dr Cullen Park: Carlow v Laois, 7.30, J Keenan (Wicklow). Nowlan Park: Kilkenny v Wexford, 7.30, D Hughes (Carlow). *LIVE TG4

SATURDAY

LEINSTER SHC SEMI-FINAL

Portlaoise: Dublin v Kilkenny, 5.0, B Kelly (Westmeath) *LIVE RTE 2.

LEINSTER MHC S-FINAL (E-time if necess)

Portlaoise: Dublin v Kilkenny, 3.15, J Heffernan (Wexford).

ALL-IRELAND PRELIM (E-time if necess)

Gaelic Grounds: Limerick v Laois, 7.30, M Wadding (Waterford). Wexford Park: Wexford v Westmeath, 7.30, C Lyons (Cork).

CONNACHT MFC SEMI-FINAL

C-on-Shannon: Leitrim v Roscommon, 5.0.

SUNDAY

MUNSTER SHC SEMI-FINAL

Páirc Uí Chaoimh: Cork v Tipperary, 4.0, B Gavin (Offaly). *LIVE RTE 2.

MUNSTER IHC SEMI-FINAL

Páirc Uí Chaoimh: Cork v Tipperary, 2.0.

CONNACHT SFC SEMI-FINAL

Castlebar: Mayo v Leitrim, 3.30.

CONNACHT MFC S-FINAL (E-time if neces)

Castlebar: Mayo v Sligo, 1.30, REF TBC.

LEINSTER MHC S-FINAL (E-time if necess)

Wexford Pk: Wexford v Laois, 3.0.

ULSTER SFC SEMI-FINAL

Morgan Athletic Grounds: Down v Monaghan, 2.0, Michael Duffy (Sligo) *LIVE RTE 2 /BBC NI.

ULSTER MFC S-FINAL (E-time if necessary)

Morgan Athletic Grounds: Down v Monaghan, 12.15, S McLoughlin (Derry).

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