Six changes for Cork team to face Galway

Six changes for Cork team to face Galway

Cork manager Conor Counihan has made six personnel changes to his team for Saturday's All-Ireland SFC fourth round qualifier against Galway at Croke Park (throw-in 5pm).

There are alterations between the posts, in defence and in attack from the Munster final defeat to Kerry, but Counihan did name a 'dummy' team in advance of that game - making three changes before the throw-in - and it remains to be seen if this is the side which takes to the field.

If it does, Alan Quirke returns in goal at the expense of Ken O'Halloran with experienced defenders Noel O'Leary and Paudie Kissane making way for Thomas Clancy and Alan O'Connor.

Clonakilty clubman Clancy will start at left corner back, Damien Cahalane is pushed forward to join Graham Canty in the half-backs and O'Connor will join forces with another new inclusion, Pearse O'Neill, in centre-field.

With O'Neill indirectly replacing Fintan Goold, the Rebels are set to field a young half-forward unit comprised of a re-positioned Aidan Walsh (23), a recalled Mark Collins (23) and the 21-year-old John O'Rourke.

Ciarán Sheehan is another player to benefit from the reshuffling, the Eire Óg ace coming in at full-forward where he is flanked by Daniel Goulding and Brian Hurley.

The most surprising omissions up front are Donncha O'Connor and Paul Kerrigan who both scored in the 1-16 to 0-17 loss to Kerry. Notably, Clancy, O'Connor, O'Neill, Sheehan and Collins were all used as substitutes in the Kerry game.

Cork and Galway have not met in the Championship since the 2005 All-Ireland quarter-final which the Rebels won by 2-14 to 2-11, aided by goals from Brendan Jer O'Sullivan and John Hayes.

Canty and the benched O'Leary are the Cork survivors from that clash eight years ago, as Counihan's charges attempt to book the county's ninth successive All-Ireland quarter-final appearance.

CORK (SFC v Galway): Alan Quirke; Eoin Cadogan, Michael Shields, Thomas Clancy (Clonakilty); Damien Cahalane, Graham Canty, James Loughrey; Alan O'Connor, Pearse O'Neill; Mark Collins, Aidan Walsh, John O'Rourke; Daniel Goulding, Ciaran Sheehan, Brian Hurley.

Subs: Ken O'Halloran, John McLoughlin, Tomás Clancy (Fermoy), Noel O'Leary, Jamie O'Sullivan, Paudie Kissane, Andrew O'Sullivan, Fintan Goold, Paddy Kelly, Paul Kerrigan, Donncha O'Connor.

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