WATERFORD BOSS MICHAEL Ryan has made three changes for Sunday’s Division 1A hurling league tie against Cork.
The Déise are at home in the Fraher Field as they seek to build on their opening day victory over Clare.
Liam Lawlor returns to the team at full-back while Darragh Fives, a Fitzgibbon Cup winner at centre-back with UCC last week, gets a starting berth at midfield.
Up front Shane Walsh is named at full-forward where he will link up with the Ballygunner pair of Brian O’Sullivan and Paraic Mahony.
Noel Connors, who injured his ankle in action for Waterford IT in the Fitzgibbon Cup last week, loses out in defence.
Midfielder Dean Twomey and attacker Gavin O’Brien are the other two players to make way.
WATERFORD: Stephen O’Keeffe (Ballygunner); Shane Fives (Carrigtwohill), Liam Lawlor (Fourmilewater), Stephen Daniels (De La Salle); Jamie Nagle (Dungarvan), Michael Walsh (Stradbally), Kevin Moran (De La Salle); Shane O’Sullivan (Ballygunner), Darragh Fives (Tourin); Brian O’Halloran (Clashmore/Kinsalebeg), Seamus Prendergast (Ardmore), Jake Dillon (De La Salle); Brian O’Sullivan (Ballygunner), Shane Walsh (Fourmilewater), Pauric Mahony (Ballygunner).
Andy Smith is back in the Galway team for Sunday’s Division 1A hurling league tie against Clare in Ennis. Smith missed their opening round win over Kilkenny a fortnight ago due to suspension.
But the Portumna midfielder did feature for the all-Galway selection that represented Connacht in last week’s M Donnelly Interprovincial senior hurling final against Munster.
Joseph Cooney, Jonathan Glynn, Davy Glennon and Damien Hayes – who all came on as substitutes in last Sunday’s game – return to the starting 15 here. Fergal Moore is the other new inclusion to the starting 15 at left corner-back.
Galway’s opponents Clare have yet to name a team with defender James McInerney an injury concern but Nicky O’Connell is expected to return to contend for a starting place.
GALWAY: Colm Callanan (Kinvara); Johnny Coen (Loughrea), Kevin Hynes (Sarsfields), Fergal Moore (Turloughmore); Niall Donohue (Kilbeacanty), Joseph Cooney (Sarsfields), David Collins (Liam Mellowes); Iarla Tannian (Ardrahan), Andy Smyth (Portumna); Jonathan Glynn (Ardrahan), Niall Burke (Oranmore-Maree), Davy Glennon (Mullagh); Niall Healy (Craughwell), Joe Canning (Portumna), Damien Hayes (Portumna).
Galway’s Andy Smith. Pic: INPHO/James Crombie
There are three games down for decision in the second tier of the Allianz Hurling League on Sunday. Limerick entertain Carlow in the Gaelic Grounds at 12.45pm and have made five changes from the team that narrowly defeated Antrim in the opening round.
Alan Dempsey and Cathal King come into the defence while David Breen, Niall Moran and Sean Tobin all get handed starting places in attack.
Stephen Walsh, Wayne McNamara, James Ryan, Kevin Downes and Shane Dowling are the players to make way. Goalkeeper Aaron Murphy continues to deputise for injured netminder Nicky Quaid.
LIMERICK: Aaron Murphy (Hospital/Herbertstown); Alan Dempsey (Na Piarsaigh), Richie McCarthy (Blackrock), Tom Condon (Knockaderry); Cathal King (Na Piarsaigh), Donal O’Grady (Granagh/Ballingarry), Gavin O’Mahony (Kilmallock); Paul Browne (Bruff), Paudie O’Brien (Kilmallock); Declan Hannon (Adare), Seamus Hickey (Murroe-Boher), David Breen (Na Piarsaigh); Graeme Mulcahy (Kilmallock), Niall Moran (Ahane), Seanie Tobin (Murroe-Boher).
Limerick’s Niall Moran. Pic: INPHO/Lorraine O’Sullivan
For their trip to Tullamore to face Offaly, the Wexford hurlers have made four alterations. Mark Fanning replaces Niall Breen in goal while Eoin Doyle comes in at left corner-back for Eoin Moore.
Tomas Waters and Micheal O’Regan are other players to lose out while Ciaran O’Shaughnessy and Padge Doran get starting berths in attack.
WEXFORD: Mark Fanning (Glynn-Barntown); Bobby Kenny (Buffers Alley), Andrew Shore (Parnells), Eoin Doyle (Shelmaliers); Lee Chin (Faythe Harriers), Richie Kehoe (Faythe Harriers), Andrew Kenny (Buffers Alley); David Redmond (Oulart-The-Ballagh), Harry Kehoe (Cloughbawn); Paul Morris (Ferns St Aidan’s), Stephen Murphy (St Martin’s), Ciaran O’Shaughnessy (Shelmaliers); Gary Moore (Glynn-Barntown), Garrett Sinnott (Oulart-The-Ballagh), Padge Doran (Oylegate).
Dublin’s hurlers travel to Casement Park on Sunday to play Antrim with David O’Callaghan replacing Mark Schutte in attack in the only change from their victory over Offaly last time out.
DUBLIN: Gary Maguire (Ballyboden St Enda’s); Peter Kelly (Lucan Sarsfields), Paul Schutte (Cuala), Ruairi Trainor (St Vincent’s); Michael Carton (O’Toole’s), Liam Rushe (St Pat’s Palmerstown), Shane Durkin (Ballyboden St Enda’s); Joey Boland (Na Fianna), Kevin Byrne (Crumlin); Conal Keaney (Ballyboden St Enda’s), Johnny McCaffrey (Lucan Sarsfields), Danny Sutcliffe (St Jude’s); Paul Ryan (Ballyboden St Enda’s), Conor McCormack (Ballyboden St Enda’s), David O’Callaghan (St Mark’s).