Cork at strength for Tipp trip

TIPPERARY have named an unchanged team for Sunday’s National Hurling League clash with Cork at Semple Stadium, but the All-Ireland champions have made several changes from the side that defeated Down last weekend.

Cork captain Sean Óg Ó hAilpín has been ruled out due to flu, while Brian Corcoran misses out because of a groin injury sustained last weekend.

Donal Óg Cusack returns in goal for Martin Coleman. Diarmuid O’Sullivan returns at full-back, while Cian O’Connor moves to left corner-back.

John Gardiner, Ronan Curran and Graham Callinan form the half-back line, with Tom Kenny partnering Jerry O’Connor at midfield.

Timmy McCarthy, who missed the Down match along with Niall McCarthy, takes over the centre-forward berth with Neil Ronan retaining the left half-forward spot.

Jonathan O’Callaghan is chosen ahead of James Bowles in the right corner with Kieran Murphy moving to full-forward for the injured Corcoran. Joe Deane returns to the side in the left corner.

Goalkeeper Brendan Cummins and defender Eamon Corcoran, both of whom were forced to retire during Tipp’s runaway victory over Antrim, have been passed fit.

Derek Kavanagh reverts to full-back for Cork’s crucial NFL tie against Dublin in Pairc Uí Rinn on Saturday (4.30pm).

The team shows a number of changes from that which drew with Offaly. Anthony Lynch, who cried off the Tullamore game, is named at centre-back, with Martin Cronin out from full-back to his customary left half-back position, in place of Kieran O’Connor, who is on the bench.

Kavanagh’s place at midfield is taken by captain Sean Levis, while Michael Ó Croinín gets his first start at right corner-forward.

Fintan Gould and John Hayes were not considered due to U-21 duty against Clare in Kilmallock the same day, while Kevin McMahon is ruled out due to Carbery Rangers’ All-Ireland IFC final on Easter Monday.

Positional switches sees Conor McCarthy move from left half-forward to lead the attack, while Alan Cronin moves to McCarthy’s place from right corner-forward. Brendan Jer O’Sullivan is named at full-forward.

Jason Sherlock will lead the Dubs’ attack from centre-forward as Shane Ryan moves back to midfield alongside Ciaran Whelan. Darren Homan is the player to lose out in the only change to manager Paul Caffrey’s side from that which defeated Donegal last weekend.

Wexford football boss Pat Roe has injury worries ahead of the visit of Galway.

David Fogarty burst a blood vessel in his calf against Down while Robert Mageean picked a groin injury Páraic Curtis (groin), Darragh Breen (shoulder) and Darren Foran (thigh) are all out, along with the suspended Pat Forde.

Former Waterford United star PJ Banville, who made his senior debut as a sub against the Mournemen, may get his first start.

On the hurling scene, team manager Seamus Murphy will name his side today for the visit of Down, but is likely to be in experimental mode.

Damien Fitzhenry damaged thumb ligaments against Limerick and won’t be risked. That could mean a league debut for Matty White. Rory McCarthy (knee) and David O’Brien (concussion) were withdrawn against Limerick but should be passed fit.

Liam Kearns has named an unchanged side as Limerick host Sligo in the Gaelic Grounds.

Sligo may be missing at least four key players for the clash, with midfielder Eamonn O’Hara (ankle), John McPartland (hamstring), Dara McGarty (hamstring) and Dessie Sloyan (chicken pox) all unlikely to start.

Anthony Daly won’t name his Clare hurling team until Friday, but is likely to give a vote of confidence to the side which crushed Kilkenny last time out.

Seanie McMahon is a doubt with a groin injury while Tony Griffin is due home from Canada.

Clare need at least a draw or be beaten by less than four points to make the second phase.

Kilkenny have a major doubt about ace forward Henry Shefflin for their away game against Dublin at Parnell Park on Sunday.

Shefflin missed last Sunday’s defeat by Clare because of a groin injury.

However, Michael Kavanagh, who was also forced to drop out last weekend, is expected to be back in the frame, along with the James Stephens trio of team captain Peter Barry, Eoin McCormack and Jackie Tyrell.

CORK (SH v Tipperary): D Óg Cusack; J Browne, D O’Sullivan, C O’Connor; J Gardiner, R. Curran, G Callinan; T Kenny, J O’Connor; G McCarthy, T McCarthy, N Ronan; J O’Callaghan, K Murphy, J Deane.

TIPPERARY (SH v Cork): B Cummins; P Curran, P Maher, H Moloney; D Fanning, D Kennedy, E Corcoran; B Dunne, T King; M O’Leary, F Devanney, J Devane; E Kelly, M Webster, P O’Brien.

CORK (SF v Dublin): K Murphy; N Geary, D Kavanagh, G Murphy; O Sexton, A Lynch, M Cronin; N Murphy, S Levis; J Masters, C McCarthy, A Cronin; K O’Sullivan, BJ O’Sullivan, M Ó Croinín.

DUBLIN (SF v Cork): S Cluxton; P Griffin, P Christie, S O’Shaughnessy; P Casey, B Cullen, P Andrews; C Whelan, S Ryan; C Moran, J Sherlock, D Lally; M Vaughan, C Keaney, T Quinn.

LIMERICK (SF v Sligo): S Kiely; M O’Riordan, D Sheehy, J McCarthy; P Browne, S Lavin, C Mullane; J Quane, J Donovan; M Crowley, M Gavin, S Buckley; C Fitzgerald, J Galvin, M Reidy.

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