Offaly make two changes for Leitrim clash

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Offaly manager Emmett McDonnell has made two changes to the side beaten by Clare for trip to Carrick-on-Shannon in Allianz Football League

Offaly manager Emmett McDonnell has made two changes to the side beaten by Clare for trip to Carrick-on-Shannon in Allianz Football League

Clara duo Ross Brady and Matthew Mitchell, who received late call ups to start against the ‘Banner County’, are included on the subs bench while Derek Kelly (Edenderry) and Willie Mulhall (Walsh Island) are named to replace them at right half forward and centre half forward, respectively.

Edenderry’s David Hanlon, who was unavailable due to injury for the Clare encounter, is named among the subs. Anton Sullivan will miss the rest of the league campaign and possibly more as he requires surgery on his shoulder.

This is a must win game for Offaly if they are to keep their slim promotion hopes alive. After an opening win over London, Offaly have lost to both Limerick and Clare and find themsleves in danger of being out of contention after just four games.

Offaly have struggled for scores in their last two games with errant shooting proving very costly particularly against Limerick.

Leitrim come into the game in a similar position to Offaly with one win from three games. They have also lost to Limerick and Clare but bounced back last week with a win over Carlow.

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The Offaly squad is;

1 Alan Mulhall (Walsh Island)

2 Brian Darby (Rhode)

3 Paul McConway (Tullamore)

4 Eoin Rigney (Rhode)

5 Graham Guilfoyle (Clara)

6 John Moloney (Tullamore)

7 Michael Brazil (Tullamore)

8 Brian Connor (Walsh Island)

9 Alan McNamee (Rhode)

10 Derek Kelly (Edenderry)

11 Willie Mulhall (Walsh Island)

12 Eoin Carroll (Cappincur)

13 Bernard Allen (Tubber)

14 Niall McNamee Capt. (Rhode)

15 Peter Cunningham (Bracknagh)

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Subs

16 Gavin Sheil (Killeigh)

17 Matthew Mitchell (Clara)

18 Sean Pender (Edenderry)

19 Richie Dalton (Edenderry)

20 Ross Brady (Clara)

21 Ruairi Allen (Gracefield)

22 David Hanlon (Edenderry)

23 Mark Young (Edenderry)

24 Paul McPadden (Rhode)

25 Keith McGuinness (Edenderry)

26 Joe Maher (Ferbane)