Cork bank on Cronin at full-back against Westmeath

CORK have surprisingly named Martin Cronin at full-back against Westmeath in the second round of the Allianz NFL at Mullingar on Sunday.

The Nemo Rangers defender played in his almost customary left half back position in last weekend’s seven-point triumph over Kerry. Now he is being given a new role, with Derek Kavanagh moving to midfield to the exclusion of Dermot Hurley. The only other change sees Eoin Sexton returning to fill the left half back berth.

Sexton replaced Hurley against Kerry, with corner-forward James Masters also giving way to Kevin O’Sullivan of Ilen Rovers. However, the Nemo dual player is given first preference for this expected tough clash with Leinster champions on their home patch, with both Hurley and O’Sullivan on the bench.

Westmeath are not due to announce their team until tomorrow night but according to PRO Pat Doherty the Midlanders have no injury problems following last Saturday’s narrow defeat by Offaly.

Dubs boss Paul Caffrey has stuck with the starting 15 which overcame Mayo in dramatic fashion last Saturday for Sunday's trip to Omagh to play Tyrone.

Peadar Andrews who replaced the originally-selected Barry Cahill on that occasion holds onto his place at left half-back.

Cahill’s knee injury which prevented him from lining out in Dublin's opening round victory is still causing the St Brigid's defender a slight problems.

Conal Keaney has been added to the Dublin substitutes after being away for last Saturday night's floodlit victory over Mayo.

Bernard Brogan, who came on as a sub in the Mayo game and sustained a nasty knee injury has been ruled out for the next four weeks.

Meanwhile, Offaly are injury free for their visit to Kerry on Sunday.

Limerick, who play host to Down in their second game at the Gaelic Grounds on Sunday, are expected to give a vote of confidence to the side that came within an ace of surprising Laois last weekend, particularly in view of the fact that five of their top performers Stephen Lucey, John Galvin, Jason Stokes, Seamus O’Donnell and team captain Muiris Gavin are still ruled out.

Star forward Michael Meehan could miss Galway’s visit to Armagh on Sunday with a leg injury. Galway boss Peter Ford will give the Caltra clubman as long as possible to recover before naming the team.

Meehan, who has had a busy start to the year with NUIG, came off during the second-half of Galway’s 2-11 to 0-8 win over Kildare at Pearse Stadium after suffering a knock. By then Meehan had kicked three points, while older brother Noel scored 1-3 to ensure a winning start to Ford’s Galway reign.

Meehan is one of a number of Galway players suffering knocks and Ford has decided to wait until at least after training on Thursday night.

Ford knows they will have nothing easy in Crossmaglen against an Armagh side wounded by their 2-13 to 2-6 away to Wexford on Sunday. With Padraic Joyce being rested and Michael Donnellan’s future unclear, Ford needs Meehan’s class up front to crack open Joe Kernan’s side.

CORK (SF v Westmeath): K. O’Dwyer; N. Geary, M. Cronin, A. Lynch; N. O’Leary, S. Levis, O. Sexton; N. Murphy, D. Kavanagh; C. O’Riordan, C. McCarthy, K. MacMahon; J. Masters, B. J. O’Sullivan, J. Hayes.

DUBLIN (SF v Tyrone): S Cluxton; P Griffin, P Christie, S O'Shaughnessy; P Casey, B Cullen, P Andrews; C Whelan, S Ryan; D Henry, J Sherlock, S Connell; D O'Callaghan, R Boyle, T Quinn.

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