Under-21 team all set for action

KILKENNY senior star, Cillian Buckley, has been chosen at wing-forward on the Kilkenny under-21 hurling team to play Galway in the All-Ireland semi-final in Thurles on Saturday (6pm).

KILKENNY senior star, Cillian Buckley, has been chosen at wing-forward on the Kilkenny under-21 hurling team to play Galway in the All-Ireland semi-final in Thurles on Saturday (6pm).

The Dicksboro man played at midfield with the seniors in Sunday’s semi-final victory over Tipperary, but manaer Richie Mulrooney and his selectors have sited him at No. 12 for the under-age game.

Richie Doyle, who played in three of the senior championship matches, will fill the No. 6 position, flanked by Joe Lyng and Luke Harney.

Kilkenny (under-21 H v Galway) Dylan Walsh (Thomastown); Jason Corcoran (John Lockes), Willie Phelan (Dunnamaggin), Brian Kennedy (St Lachtain’s); Luke Harney (Kilmacow), Richie Doyle (Barrow Rangers), Joe Lyng (Rower-Inistioge); Geoff Brennan (St Patrick’s), Ollie Walsh (Dicksboro); Kevin Kelly, capt (St Patrick’s), Padraig Walsh (Tullaroan), Cillian Buckley (Dicksboro); Walter Walsh (Tullogher-Rosbercon), John Power (Carrickshock), Ger Aylward (Glenmore).

Subs - Richie Reid (Ballyhale Shamrocks), Owen McGrath (John Lockes), Cathal Kenny (Barrow Rangers), Ian Duggan (Mullinavat), Martin Gaffney (Dicksboro), Paul Buggy (Tullaroan), James Cassin (Rower-Inistioge), Michael Brennan (St Patrick’s), James Gannon (St Patrick’s), Pat O’Carroll (Lisdowney).

Extended panel members - Sean Phelan (Lisdowney), Stephen Staunton (St Patrick’s), Conor Tobin (Fenians), Johnny Hayes (Kilmacow), David Glynn (Dicksboro), Paddy Butler (O’Loughlin Gaels), Danny Kenny (Dicksboro), Canice Maher (St Martin’s), Sean Kehoe (Young Irelands), Robert Lennon (Bennettsbridge).

Team management - Richie Mulrooney, Adrian Finan and Brían Ryan.

Team doctor - Dr Bill Cuddihy; physio: Martin Phelan.