Cork include Cronin and McLoughlin, Limerick unchanged

Cork include Cronin and McLoughlin, Limerick unchanged
Lorcán McLoughlin

Pa Cronin and Lorcán McLoughlin are back in the Cork team for Sunday's Munster SHC final against Limerick at the Gaelic Grounds (throw-in 4pm).

Cronin will resume as captain having fully recovered from his recent illness. He missed a series of training sessions in the build-up to the semi-final win over Clare, but did appear as a late point-scoring substitute in the 0-23 to 0-15 victory.

The Bishopstown clubman, who joins Seamus Harnedy and Cian McCarthy in the half forwards, is one of two personnel changes made by manager Jimmy Barry-Murphy.

Kanturk's McLoughlin is on course to start - he missed the Clare game with shoulder ligament damage and is still being monitored. But he has trained successfully this week and is set to return to the Rebels' midfield where he will partner Daniel Kearney.

There are also a number of positional switches with Stephen McDonnell slotting in at full-back to cover for broken collarbone victim Brian Murphy, with Shane O'Neill in the right corner and Conor O'Sullivan shaking off a groin injury to line out on the left side.

Tom Kenny will revert to the half-back line with McLoughlin selected in centre-field, while Cian McCarthy takes over the centre forward role in a reshuffled attack that sees Pat Horgan at full-forward. With Cronin back in the team, Stephen Moylan drop to the bench.

Meanwhile, Limerick manager John Allen has chosen an unchanged side for this weekend's provincial decider - the counties' first Munster senior final clash since 1992 when Cork won by 1-22 to 3-11 at Páirc Uí Chaoimh.

Allen has backed the players who started the semi-final win over Tipperary to deliver once more, with Donal O'Grady captaining the Shannonsiders from midfield.

That means Shane Dowling and Kevin Downes have been kept in reserve once again, along with the likes of Conor Allis and the vastly experienced Niall Moran.

Wing back Paudie O'Brien from Kilmallock was reportedly nursing a hamstring injury but he is fit to start, as is centre forward James Ryan whose injured hand has fully healed.

Cork are bidding to win the Munster title for the 51st time in all and for the first time since 2006, while Limerick are seeking their 19th provincial crown and their first since 1996.

CORK (SHC v Limerick): Anthony Nash; Shane O'Neill, Stephen McDonnell, Conor O'Sullivan; Tom Kenny, Christopher Joyce, William Egan; Lorcan McLoughlin, Daniel Kearney; Seamus Harnedy, Cian McCarthy, Pa Cronin; Luke O'Farrell, Patrick Horgan, Conor Lehane.

LIMERICK: Nickie Quaid; Stephen Walsh, Richie McCarthy, Tom Condon; Paudie O'Brien, Wayne McNamara, Gavin O'Mahony; Paul Browne, Donal O'Grady; David Breen, James Ryan, Seamus Hickey; Graeme Mulcahy, Declan Hannon, Seanie Tobin.

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