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Darragh Fives drafted into the Waterford side to face Offaly

Derek McGrath’s men will be aiming to bounce back from their Munster semi-final defeat to Cork.

Darragh Fives Darragh Fives Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

DARRAGH FIVES IS the main beneficiary from the suspension that rules Stephen Bennett out for the Waterford senior hurlers this weekend.

With Bennett serving a one-match ban for pulling Damien Cahalane’s faceguard during the Deise’s Munster semi-final defeat to Cork, Fives has been drafted into the forward line by manager Derek McGrath for their meeting with Offaly in the All-Ireland qualifiers.

Although positional switches are likely, the inclusion of Fives is Waterford’s only personnel change from the loss to Cork for Saturday’s game at O’Connot Park in Tullamore (3.00pm).

Waterford (v Offaly)

1. Stephen O’Keeffe (Ballygunner)

2. Shane Fives (Tourin)
3. Barry Coughlan (Ballygunner)
4. Noel Connors (Passage)

5. Tadhg de Burca (Clashmore/Kinsalebeg)
6. Austin Gleeson (Mount Sion)
7. Philip Mahony (Ballygunner)

8. Jamie Barron (Fourmilewater)
9. Conor Gleeson (Fourmilewater)

10. Kevin Moran (De La Salle)
11. Pauric Mahony (Ballygunner)
21. Maurice Shanahan (Lismore)

13. Shane Bennett (Ballysaggart)
14. Michael Walsh (Stradbally)
15. Darragh Fives (Tourin)

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