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Gallagher has nervous wait as Murphy suffers a setback

By John Campbell

Donegal manager Rory Gallagher faces an anxious wait to learn the full extent of an injury to skipper Michael Murphy, sustained helping his club Glenswilly yesterday.

It is believed Murphy was forced to leave the field, obviously a major concern for Donegal.

Donegal face Tyrone in the first of the Ulster Championship semi-finals on Sunday, June 18th, and Gallagher will want to have the inspirational Murphy in his side. Murphy was outstanding in Donegal's emphatic win over Antrim last Sunday and is a pivotal figure in Gallagher's strategy.

Meanwhile, there was disappointment for Armagh 2002 All-Ireland winner Oisin McConville when Laois hurlers lost to Wexford in yesterday's Leinster hurling championship quarter-final by 3-25 to 1-17.

McConville, part of manager Eamonn Kelly's backroom team, had hoped Laois might win and thus set up a semi-final with Kilkenny next week-end, but a three-goal blitz that was compounded by the dismissals of Charles Dwyer and Willie Dunphy saw the midland county make their exit.

McConville has been credited with improving morale within the Laois camp and is expected to continue in his current position.

Elsewhere, Derry minor team manager Damian McErlain is hoping that his side can build on their win over Tyrone yesterday.

It has been a case of so near yet so far for McErlain in terms of All-Ireland Championship success in this sphere as his side were beaten in the semi-finals two years ago.

But now that his side have avenged their recent Ulster Minor League final defeat by the Red Hands, McErlain is keen to see his side regain the Ulster title.

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