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Thursday 14 December 2017

We won’t spring McNamee - Offaly boss

OFFALY football boss Tom Coffey has dismissed speculation that Niall McNamee could be catapulted into the Leinster championship fray against Kildare on Sunday.

Offaly's best known forward has missed most of the season, most recently with a groin injury, and has been ruled out of the daunting Lilywhite clash for weeks. However, he came off the bench during a challenge match against Waterford last weekend, prompting speculation about a possible cameo this Sunday.

Contacted today, Offaly interim boss Tom Coffey confirmed that McNamee “would have come on with maybe ten minutes to go, just to see where he was.” However, he insisted it was “too big of an ask” to believe he would be fit for a similar role against the NFL Division Two champions.

CARLOW boss Luke Dempsey has selected the Murphy brothers, Brendan and Brian, for tomorrow's Leinster SFC replay against Meath - despite lingering question marks about the duo's fitness for battle.

Brendan suffered concussion during the original deadlock last Sunday while Brian has a dead leg.

“Brendan Murphy didn't train last night and he is still extremely doubtful,” Dempsey told the Herald. “We really won't know about him until prior to the match. Brian went through a light training session - we hope he'll be okay.”

However, the Barrowsiders are definitely without three players who featured last weekend - Daniel St Ledger has a grade two hamstring tear while Paul Reid and Derek Hayden last night failed to have their red cards overturned by the CHC.

Dempsey has named Clonmore's Con Murphy at centre-forward (replacing Reid) and Tinryland's Cormac Walsh at corner-forward (in place of St Ledger). Both will be making their full championship debuts.

MEATH boss Seamus McEnaney has plumped for yet another new face as he seeks to propel his rollercoaster Royals past Carlow.

Damien Carroll has been parachuted in for his full championship debut tomorrow evening. The Ballinabrackey clubman thus becomes the sixth Meath player to make his full SFC debut this summer - and the third different player to be selected on the ‘40'. Carroll takes over from the hamstrung Paddy Gilsenan, in the only change from the team that started last Sunday.

CARLOW (SF v Meath): T O’Reilly; P Murphy, C Lawlor, B Kavanagh; K Nolan, S Redmond, T Bolger; Brendan Murphy, D Foley; Brian Murphy, C Murphy, E Ruth; JJ Smith, S Gannon, C Walsh.

MEATH (SF): D Gallaghert; D Keogan, K Reilly, B Menton; D Tobin, S McAnarney, M Burke; C Gillespie, B Meade; A Forde, D Carroll, G Reilly; B Farrell, J Sheridan, C Ward.

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