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GAA teams: Fennelly blow for Kilkenny

Updated: Saturday, 21 Jun 2014 15:14 | Comments

Michael Fennelly (L) has been ruled out of the Kilkenny side through injury Antrim will aim to cause a shock against Donegal after their win over Fermanagh
Michael Fennelly (L) has been ruled out of the Kilkenny side through injury Antrim will aim to cause a shock against Donegal after their win over Fermanagh

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Kilkenny will face Galway in the Leinster SHC semi-final on Sunday without Michael Fennelly after the centre-forward suffered a back injury in training on Friday night.

The 2011 Hurler of the Year is not even among the substitutes, and is replaced in the side by Richie Power, who starts at full-forward after recovering from a hamstring injury, with Mark Kelly switching to number 11.

Talismanic forward and 11-time All Star Henry Shefflin is on the bench after recovering from a  foot injury.

Kieran Joyce come in at right half-back, while Padraig Walsh moves to midfield and Lester Ryan drops to the bench.

Kilkenny (v Galway): E Murphy, P Murphy, JJ Delaney, B Kennedy; K Joyce, J Tyrrell, C Buckley; P Walsh, R Hogan; W Walsh, M Kelly, TJ Reid; C Fennelly, R Power, E Larkin.

Galway have also made two changes. Andy Smith replaces Aidan Harte and will start in midfield, with Jonny Coen switching to left wing-back.

Jason Flynn,who scored three points off the bench against Laois, replaces Jonathan Glynn at corner-forward.

Galway (v Kilkenny): C Callanan; F Moore, R Burke, D Collins; D Burke, I Tannian, J Coen; A Smith, P Brehony; D Burke, N Burke, C Cooney; C Mannion, J Canning, J Flynn.

Antrim's starting 15 for their Ulster Football Championship semi-final against Donegal shows no changes from the Fermanagh game.

Michael Armstrong drops out of the squad through injury, with Colm Fleming in at number 22.?

Antrim (v Donegal): P Flood, K O Boyle, R Johnston, N Delargy, M Johnston, J Crozier, J Laverty, M McCann, N McKeever, C Murray, M Sweeney, P McCann, B Neeson, K Niblock, T Mc Cann.

Donegal boss Jim McGuinness has made two changes for Sunday’s Ulster semi-final against Antrim.

Rory Kavanagh comes into midfield after serving a suspension. Neil Gallagher been passed fit to start alongside Kavanagh. 

Odhran Mac Niallais and Darach O’Connor drop to the bench.

Donegal (v Antrim): P Durcan, E McGee, N McGee, P McGrath; F McGlynn, K Lacey, A Thompson; N Gallagher, R Kavanagh; C Toye, L McLoone, R McHugh; P McBrearty, M Murphy, C McFadden. 

The Tipperary senior football team to play Cork in tomorrow's Munster semi-final in Pairc Ui Chaoimh shows one change from the side that defeated Limerick in the quarter-final. John Coghlan comes in to the side at corner-back in place of Ger Mulhair.

Tipperary (v Cork): P Fitzgerald; J Coghlan, P Codd (Capt), C McDonald; C O’Riordan, R Kiely, P Acheson; S O’Brien, G Hannigan; P Austin, I Fahey, B Fox; C Sweeney, M Quinlivan, B Grogan.

Five Kerry players will make their full championship debuts in the Munster SFC semi-final against Clare on Sunday, Cusack Park 3.30pm. 

Cousins Michael and Paul Geaney of Dingle make their first starts, having played as substitutes last year, while Brian Kelly, Paul Murphy and Stephen O’Brien get their first taste of championship action.

Fionn Fitzgerald of Dr Crokes will captain Eamonn Fitzmaurice’s side.

Kerry (v Clare): B Kelly; P Murphy, M Ó Sé, S Enright; P Crowley, K Young, F Fitzgerald (Capt); A Maher, D Moran; D O’Sullivan, B Sheehan, M Geaney; S O’Brien, D O’Sullivan, P Geaney.  

Manager Emmet McDonnell has made one change to his Offaly team for the Round 1 Football Qualifier against Wicklow.

Joseph O’Connor replaces the suspended David Hanlon in the only change to the team that started in the defeat against Longford in the Leinster SFC.

There are a number of positional changes with Daíthí Brady taking over at full back with Johnny Moloney switching positions with Ruaraí Allen, and Peter Cunningham and Anton Sullivan doing likewise.

Offaly (v Wicklow): A Mulhall, J O’Connor, D Brady, N Darby, B Darby, R Allen, M Brazil, J Moloney, N Smith, E Carroll, G Guilfoyle, P Cunningham, J Maher, N McNamee, (Capt) A Sullivan.

Sligo manager Pat Flanagan has named the side that will face Galway in the Connacht Football Championship semi-final on Saturday evening.

In what is Flanagan's first championship selection since taking over the Yeats County, he has named just one championship debutant, that being goalkeeper Aidan Devaney (Calry/St Joseph's GAA).

In total, there are four changes from the Sligo side that was defeated by London in last year's qualifiers. Johnny Martyn returns to the full-back position, while David Rooney returns to the attack, having not been involved for the 2013 season. Keelan Cawley starts, having come on as a sub against London in 2013, while Devaney makes his bow in goals.

Good news for Flanagan is that key attacking duo Adrian Marren and David Kelly have both been passed fit to start, the pair having had a few injury concerns in the early part of the season. Marren has overcome an ankle injury, while Kelly has suffered from a range of problems, mostly around the ankle, over the past few seasons.

Sligo (v Galway): A Devaney; R Donovan, J Martyn, N Ewing; C Harrison, A McIntyre, K Cawley; J Kilcullen, S McManus; D Rooney, M Breheny, B Egan; P Hughes, A Marren, D Kelly.

Fermanagh have made six changes, four personnel and two positional, to the side that lost to Antrim for their football qualifier clash against Laois.

Marty O’Brien, Barry Mulrone and Niall Cassidy come in to form a completely new full-back line. Ruairi Corrigan comes into the full-forward line.

Ryan McCluskey moves to midfield, and Barry Owens moves to corner-forward.

Fermanagh (v Laois): C Snow; M O'Brien, B Mulrone, N Cassidy; D McCusker, R McCluskey, T McElroy; E Donnelly (Capt), R O'Callaghan; L Cullen, R Jones, P McCusker; R Corrigan, S Quigley, B Owens.

Derry have handed 18-year-old Terence O'Brien his inter-county debut at centre-forward in their side to play Longford.

The Oak-Leafers have been forced into seven changes due to injuries.

Derry ( v Longford): T Mallon; O Duffy, C McKaigue, A McAlynn; G McKinless, M Craig, SL McGoldrick; M Lynch, K Johnston; A Devlin, E Bradley, E Lynn; J Kielt, T O'Brien, C McFaul.

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