The addition of Micheal Galway and Mossy Lawlor and is a huge boost for the parish side, whilst the availability of Marcus Horan will not be known until late Friday evening. His inclusion in the extended 24 man Irish panel means that the Shannon management will anxiously await word from the Irish camp.
Although included in the squad, John Lacey still remains a serious doubt. Once again a late fitness test will decide the fullbacks fate. The injury that forced Eddie Halvey to retire from last Saturday's game with St Marys appears not that serious and the talented wing forward may well be line for a starting place. Frankie Roche is still recovering from a broken nose sustained in the Munster Senior league semi final and it will most likely be 2 weeks before he resumes training. The same scenario applies to Brian Buckley, whose bout of pneumonia is clearing up.
Meanwhile Galwegians have named a very strong squad with all of their contracted players made available. Ex UL/Bohemians winger Martin Mc Phaill has also been included on their panel. If named on the starting XV, this speedy and talented winger could cause serious disruption out wide.
An interesting selection is that of utility forward Ray Hogan, brother of Shannon's second row, Trevor. Brotherly love will surely be thrown out the window if these two players are pitted against each other. South African forward Maginus Uigs (Pronounced Ice) is their overseas player. It will be home coming of sorts for hooker Jerry Flannery, who played underage rugby with Shannon.
Last season's corresponding fixture was played in early December was the sixth game in the league series. Played in atrocious conditions in Crowley Park it was a game that had a major bearing on Shannon's season with the future league champions winning by 38 -16, gaining the maximum 5 points along the way.
Tony Buckley, Gary Mc Namara, James Hickey, Nigel Conroy, James Blaney, Paudie Mc Mahon, Trevor Hogan, John Hadnett, Garrett Noonan, Colm Mc Mahon, Eddie Halvey, David Quinlan (Capt), Tom Hayes, Micheal Galwey, Marcus Horan, Fiach O'Loughlin, Cormac O'Loughlin, David Delaney, Niall Mc Namara, Andrew Thompson, Eoin Cahill, David O'Donovon, John O'Neill, Dougie Walters Mossy Lawlor, John Lacey.
Barry Gavin, Damian Brown, Steve Keane, Rory Mc Cann, Johnny O'Connor, Cathal Murphy, Pat Hanlon, Eric Peters, Marnus Uigs, John Muldoon, Ivan Muldoon, Dan Mc Farland, Brian Mc Clearn, Peter Bracken, Henry Bourke, Jerry Flannery, Ray Hogan,Gerard Brady, Willie Ruane, Alex Page, James Heaslip, Colm Glynn, Gavin Duffy, Martin Mc Phail, Eric Elwood, Mervyn Murphy, Andrew Burke, John Cleary, Nigel Carolan Killean Dooley.