Tipp ace Callinan cleared to play in league semi-final

SportBy Sean McGoldrick
Seamus Callinan cleared to play in league semi-final
Seamus Callinan cleared to play in league semi-final

Tipperary All Star full forward Seamus Callinan has been cleared to play in Sunday's Allianz League semi-final against Waterford in Kilkenny's Nowlan Park.

Callinan was red carded during Tipperary's facile quarter-final win over Offaly.

He contested the decision before the GAA's Central Hearing Committee but they backed the referee which meant the player was facing a one match ban,.

At the time the Tipperary County Board indicated that the matter was closed.

However, an appeal was subsequently lodged against the CHC decision and on Thursday night the GAA's Central Appeals Committee ruled in favour of the player and rescinded the red card which leaves him free to face the Deise on Sunday.

Tipperary's belated decision to pursue the case may have been prompted by the deflection of key players ahead of the game.

Two time All Star Noel McGrath is due to undergo surgery for testicular cancer today; his younger brother John is ruled out through injury as his corner back Cathal Barrett.

Cork, meanwhile, welcome back regulars Alan Cadogan, Mark Ellis and Stephen McDonnell for their semi-final encounter against Dublin.

The latter missed the quarter final win over Wexford due to work commitments while Ellis and Cadogan were nursing hamstring strains.

Killian Burke, Anthony Spillane and William Kearney drops down to the substitutes bench.

Last year's team captain Pa Cronin has returned to training following a lay off due to a finger injury but he is not listed among the substitutes.

Meanwhile, Dublin football boss Jim Gavin has confirmed that Alan Brogan will make his comeback in a challenge match against Galway on Sunday in Skerries (2.0). His last appearance for Dublin last in last year's All-Ireland semi-final defeat to Donegal.

Cork SH: A Nash; S O'Neill, D Cahalane, S O'Donnell; L McLoughlin, M Ellis, C Murphy; D Kearney, A Walsh; C Lehane, S Harnedy, R O'Shea; A Cadogan, L O'Farrell, P Horgan.