Team news: Galway and Waterford show hands ahead of Birr clash

Group 3, Round 2:

Galway v Waterford; St Brendan’s Park, Birr, 4.45pm (S Mulvihill) (LIVE, TG4). 

AFTER winning the TG4 Connacht title, the target now for Galway is to make a genuine push for All-Ireland honours.

A lengthy lay-off after provincial success in 2017 didn’t do them any favours and the Tribeswomen were walloped by Cork in the quarter-finals.

The new round-robin series should suit Stephen Glennon’s players better, allowing them to find some momentum and grow into the championship.

Glennon has made just one change to his starting 15 for the opening round fixture against Waterford in Birr on Saturday, in what is the second game of a LIVE TG4 double-header.

Louise Ward comes into the team for Catriona Cormican, as Waterford manager Pat Sullivan goes with an unchanged side.

The Déise were unfortunate to lose out against Westmeath in their first group game last weekend, as Leanne Slevin scored a disputed free with virtually the last kick of the game.

Waterford now know that a defeat will send them out of the senior championship and into a relegation battle.

But Waterford have shown in recent seasons that they can take a scalp when the pressure’s on – as the likes of Cork, Kerry, Armagh and Cavan will testify.

Galway team: 

1 Lisa Murphy Kilkerrin/Clonberne
2 Fabienne Cooney Claregalway
3 Sarah Lynch Naomh Anna Leitir Móir
4 Sinead Burke Ballyboden St. Enda’s
5 Emer Flaherty Tuam/Cortoon
6 Nicola Ward Kilkerrin/Clonberne
7 Charlotte Cooney Claregalway
8 Louise Ward Kilkerrin/Clonberne
9 Ailbhe Davoren Moycullen
10 Olivia Divilly Kilkerrin/Clonberne
11 Tracey Leonard Corofin
12 Aine McDonagh Moycullen
13 Mairead Seoighe Clonbur
14 Roisin Leonard Corofin
15 Leanne Coen Corofin

Waterford team: 

1 Kelly Moroney St Pats
2 Megan Dunford Abbeyside
3 Caoimhe McGrath Abbeyside
4 Rebecca Casey Stradbally
5 Kate McGrath Kilrossanty Brickeys
6 Karen McGrath Ballymacarbry
7 Michelle McGrath Ballymacarbry
8 Emma Murray Comeragh Rangers
9 Keeley Corbett Barry Comeragh Rangers
10 Mairead Wall Ballymacarbry
11 Grainne Kenneally Eadestown
12 Katie Murray Comeragh Rangers
13 Aileen Wall Ballymacarbry
14 Maria Delahunty Abbeyside
15 Michelle Ryan Ballymacarbry

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