‘Broke’s Kelly out of Neville panel

Pembroke have been rocked by what looks a serious Achilles tendon injury to veteran defender Colin Kelly (pictured, left) ahead of their Neville Cup second round tie against Corinthian at Whitechurch Park.

His unavailability comes in addition to the players in the Irish panel though David Harte is entitled to return, given the exemptions for goalkeepers.

That game looks to be the tie of the round, especially in light of the reds performance in mid-week.

They proved the most impressive of first round winners with Lucas Piccioli, Glenn Holmes and Davy Carson in devastating form.

Combined with their Mills Cup win last March, they are a side justified in having some confidence going into this tie against the guts of a panel who struggled to show a ruthless streak against Weston on Tuesday.

The winner there will play either Clontarf or YMCA with the former holding the aces. YM won 6-0 in a pre-season tie before the arrival of Aussie trio Mills, Gill and Webber as well as Walker’s Andy and Iain.

The Bulls have a couple of injury worries, too, with Rob Abbott nursing a hand problem while Richie Forrest is also out. Stephen Ludgate could return, though, and Ben Hewitt is likely to make his debut. Gordon Lindsay and Ross McMullen have both retired.

On the other side of the draw, Fingal face the new corner threat of Kiwi Andy Ewington at ALSAA in the other all-division one tie. Glenanne will hope for a fruitful day at the seaside as they visit a Skerries side missing Ronan Gannon – among others – due to long-term travels.

Neville Cup Round 2 (all Saturday)
Fingal v Monkstown, 2pm, ALSAA; Skerries v Glenanne, 2pm, Skerries; Corinthians v Pembroke Wanderers, 1.30pm,Whitechurch Park; YMCA v Clontarf, 3pm, Alexandra College

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