Murphy earns Cork recall for clash with Wexford

LAST SEASON’S ‘Young Player of the Year’, Brian Murphy, returns to the Cork team for Sunday’s Allianz National Hurling League tie with Wexford at Wexford Park.

Murphy takes over the right corner back position from John Browne who has tonsilitis, one of two changes to the side that hammered Limerick in the opening round of the pennant competition last weekend.

With Ben O'Connor unavailable because of a knee injury Jonathan O'Callaghan is moved to right half forward with Kieran Murphy of Sarsfields resuming in the right corner.

Wexford, due to name their team tomorrow night, will be without centre back Declan Ruth, who aggravated a hamstring injury towards the end of last Sunday's victory over Antrim.

Darren Stamp had been originally nominated to hold down the pivotal berth but he was forced to cry off with a back injury which will also keep him out of Sunday's clash.

Tipperary have made two changes to their side who will meet Limerick at the Gaelic Grounds on Sunday following last weekend's disappointing performance against Down.

Brendan Cummins, who was rested for the visit of the northerners returns in goal in place of Damien Young, while Francis Devanney is named at centre forward.

Devanney turned on the style when introduced in the second half of the Down game. Michael Webster will move to full forward with the injured Darragh Egan ruled out.

Limerick, who fell from grace against Cork, will not select until later on in the week but the Shannonsiders will be without wing back Peter Lawlor, who sustained a fractured jaw in the defeat by the All-Ireland champions.

Impressive newcomer Declan O'Rourke is almost certain to gain a starting position on the Clare team to meet Dublin at Parnell Park on Saturday.

A member of the Wolfe Tone club in Shannon, O'Rourke was drafted in at centre forward during the course of last weekend's lack-lustre victory over Laois and proceeded to make his mark with three fine points on his senior intercounty debut.

Colm Forde, who also impressed when introduced at full back, will also be in the reckoning when the Clare side is selected later on in the week, while Alan Markham, who missed the Banner's successful pipe-opener because of a leg muscle injury will also be back in the frame.

Henry Shefflin is expected to be included in the Kilkenny team for Sunday's home game against Galway at Nowlan Park. The Allstar centre forward missed the victory over Waterford because of a hamstring problem.

Last season's triumphant All-Ireland Under 21 captain James Fitzpatrick will miss out however, after damaging a shoulder in the game against Waterford.

Laois will be without midfielder James Young and dual player Darren Rooney for their game with Waterford at Portlaoise on Sunday. Young has a broken finger, sustained in training, while Rooney is involved in Sigerson Cup activity.

CORK (SH v Wexford); D. og Cusack; B. Murphy, D. O'Sullivan, P. Mulcahy; G. Callinan, R. Curran, S. og O'h-Ailpin; T. Kenny, J. O'Connor; J. O'Callaghan, N. McCarthy, T. McCarthy; K. Murphy, N. Ronan, J. Deane.

TIPPERARY (SH v Limerick); B. Cummins; P. Ormonde, P. Maher, P. Curran; D. Fanning, D. Kennedy, E. Corcoran; C. Morrissey, T. Slevin; D. Shelly, F. Devanney, M. O'Leary; E. Sweeney, M. Webster, S. Butler.

The Leinster Council again achieved a million Euro-plus surplus on the past year's activities. Total gate receipts were down almost €130,000 and there were further reductions in the return from sponsorships other than those for the major championships and programme sales.

The drawn senior football championship final between Westmeath and Laois attracted the biggest 'gate' €873,252 a figure marginally higher than the return from the Munster hurling final.

Leinster's hurling final, between Wexford and Offaly, yielded gate receipts of €688, 546.

Income for the year amounted to €5,942,022, with expenditure at €4,718,286 leaving a surplus for the year of €1,223,736.

Gate receipts accounted for the bulk of the income €5,093,918, with a contribution of €125,000 from the qualifier series and commercial income of close to €375,000.

Expenditure, amounting to €4,718,286, showed a decrease of approximately €50,000 on the 2004 figure, the main items being €311,653 for team expenses and grants to finalists, match expenses -€631,045, conference and travel €137,688, games development €1,231,706, Players Injury Scheme €300,000, administration and general expenses €613,843.

Predictably, provincial champions Westmeath and Wexford were the biggest recipients of grants paid to finalists- Westmeath €37,385 and €34,470, respectively.

*The Council spent €914,139 on payments to coaching officers, to which the counties contributed €414,093.

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CourtsGaaPlace: Wexford ParkPlace: Gaelic GroundsPlace: DublinPlace: Parnell ParkPlace: Nowlan ParkPlace: PortlaoisePerson: MurphyPerson: Brian MurphyPerson: John BrownePerson: Ben O'ConnorPerson: Jonathan O'CallaghanPerson: Kieran MurphyPerson: Declan RuthPerson: Darren StampPerson: Brendan CumminsPerson: Damien YoungPerson: Francis DevanneyPerson: DevanneyPerson: Michael WebsterPerson: Darragh EganPerson: Peter LawlorPerson: Declan O'RourkePerson: O'RourkePerson: Colm FordePerson: Alan MarkhamPerson: Henry ShefflinPerson: James FitzpatrickPerson: James YoungPerson: Darren RooneyPerson: YoungPerson: RooneyPerson: CorkPerson: D.Person: CusackPerson: B. MurphyPerson: D. O'SullivanPerson: P. MulcahyPerson: G. CallinanPerson: R. CurranPerson: O'h-AilpinPerson: T. KennyPerson: J. O'ConnorPerson: J. O'CallaghanPerson: McCarthyPerson: T. McCarthyPerson: K. MurphyPerson: RonanPerson: B. CumminsPerson: P. OrmondePerson: P. MaherPerson: P. CurranPerson: D. FanningPerson: D. KennedyPerson: E. CorcoranPerson: C. MorrisseyPerson: T. SlevinPerson: D. ShellyPerson: M. O'LearyPerson: E. SweeneyEvent: Allianz National Hurling LeagueEvent: Sigerson CupEvent: Munster hurling finalOrganisation: CorkOrganisation: WexfordOrganisation: LimerickOrganisation: SarsfieldsOrganisation: AntrimOrganisation: TipperaryOrganisation: DownOrganisation: ShannonsidersOrganisation: ClareOrganisation: Wolfe Tone clubOrganisation: LaoisOrganisation: KilkennyOrganisation: GalwayOrganisation: WaterfordOrganisation: All-Ireland Under 21Organisation: SHOrganisation: Leinster CouncilOrganisation: WestmeathOrganisation: LeinsterOrganisation: Offaly
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