Cork unchanged for Munster final

Cork unchanged for Munster final

Cork manager Conor Counihan has selected an unchanged team for their Munster SFC final showdown with Kerry in Killarney on Sunday (throw-in 2pm).

Counihan has kept faith with the 15 players who lined out in the 1-20 to 1-11 semi-final victory over Clare three weeks ago, meaning there are no starting places for a raft of the Rebels' regular starters.

Only five of Sunday's starting line-up were on the pitch for the start of last year's Munster final win over the Banner men - defenders Eoin Cadogan, Michael Shields and Paudie Kissane and forwards Fintan Goold and Paul Kerrigan.

2012 All-Star Aidan Walsh and his midfield partner from last year's Munster decider, Alan O'Connor, are both part of a talent-laden Cork bench.

Noel O'Leary, Ciaran Sheehan and Donncha O'Connor have also been kept in reserve, although there is growing speculation that Walsh and Sheehan will both be added to the team before the throw-in at Fitzgerald Stadium.

Cork are the defending Munster champions but are seeking their first win over Kerry in the final since 2008. One of the newcomers to the Rebels' panel, wing back Tomás Clancy, is hugely proud to be representing his club Fermoy on the biggest stage in Munster football.

"I remember when I was a kid it (the Munster final) was absolutely electric, you were just caught up in the moment," he told the Irish Examiner.

"As a player it's going to be completely different, trying to block out everything else and focus on the game and that Munster medal.

"It's been a while since Fermoy had a player on the Cork team, I think it's 60 years. We just work hard and if we're good enough we put our hands up for selection.

"I think college is a major step, you get noticed then. In 2011, having won the county with UCC and the junior All-Ireland, I always felt that if I worked really hard I'd get the trial.

"I got that then this year and worked hard to get my hand in there - once I got my foot in the door I never looked back."

CORK (SFC v Kerry): Ken O'Halloran; Eoin Cadogan, Michael Shields, Damien Cahalane; James Loughrey, Paudie Kissane, Tomás Clancy (Fermoy); Graham Canty, Pearse O'Neill; Fintan Goold, Paddy Kelly, John O'Rourke; Daniel Goulding, Brian Hurley, Paul Kerrigan.

Subs: Alan Quirke, John McLoughlin, Thomas Clancy, Noel O'Leary, Alan O'Connor, Aidan Walsh, Andrew O'Sullivan, Ciaran Sheehan, Mark Collins, Donncha O'Connor, Barry O'Driscoll.

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