Key Cork 2008 duo in against Limerick

2008 team colleagues Seán Óg Ó hAilpín and Jerry O’Connor return to the Cork colours for Sunday’s Allianz NHL clash with Limerick at Páirc Uí Chaoimh.

Ó hAilpin is selected in his customary left half-back position, with O’Connor named on the left flank of attack. Both link up with Donal Óg Cusack, John Gardiner, Ronan Curran, Tom Kenny and Ben O’Connor, all of whom returned to the fold last weekend.

The respective inclusions of Ó hAilpín and O’Connor means the exclusion of Kevin Hartnett and Pa Cronin from the side that started against Clare at Cusack Park last Sunday.

With Niall McCarthy ruled out of contention because of suspension, Kieran Murphy of Erin’s Own takes over the centre-forward duties and the only other changes see Kieran Murphy of Sarsfields lining out at full-forward in place of Neil Ronan, with Paudie O’Sullivan coming into the team at left corner-forward.

Tipperary, on the receiving end of a five-goal drubbing from Kilkenny, have made four changes for Sunday’s clash with Dublin at Semple Stadium.

Thomas Stapleton, Shane Maher, Seamus Hennessy and Micheál Webster replace Benny Dunne, Diarmuid Fitzgerald, Tony Scroope and Paul Kelly.

Maher is named at left half-back with Stapleton partnering Shane McGrath at midfield. Hennessy comes in at right half-forward, with Webster now taking over the full-forward position.

Ollie Canning will make his first league appearance of the season when Galway take on Waterford at Fraher Field, Dungarvan. Both Canning, named at left corner-back, and Andy Smith, selected at right half-forward, replace Fergal Healy and Joe Gantly from the side that defeated Limerick last weekend.

Both Clare and Kilkenny, who meet at Cusack Park on Sunday, are keeping their cards close to their chest and will not be announcing their sides until today. And the same applies to Waterford.

Wexford have rung the changes for their NHL game with Down on Sunday. Andrew Shore and Paul Carley are retained after performing well last time out. David ‘Doc’ O’Connor is handed the full-back slot, with Richie Kehoe moving to wing-back.

Eoin Quigley and Diarmuid ‘Gizzy’ Lyng have to settle for a place on the bench. Peter Atkinson is named at corner-forward, with Nicky Kirwan the one to lose out.

Wexford will be well aware that their record when they cross the border has not been good in recent years and they will get nothing easy in Ballygalget from the Down hurlers.

Laois manager Niall Rigney has made a host of changes for their NHL Division Two clash with Offaly at Birr on Sunday.

Rigney has to plan without rising star Zane Keenan, who broke his leg in two places against Kerry last Sunday. Matthew Whelan comes back into the side after recovering from injury to take over at centre-back.

CORK (SH v Limerick): D . Óg Cusack; S. O’Neill, E. Cadogan, C. O’Sullivan; J. Gardiner, R. Curran, S. Óg Ó hAilpín; T. Kenny, C. Naughton; B. O’Connor, K. Murphy (Erin’s Own), J. O’Connor; P. Horgan, K. Murphy (Sars), P. O’Sullivan.

TIPPERARY (SH v Dublin): B. Cummins; C. O’Brien, E. Buckley, P. Curran; B. Maher, C. O’Mahony, S. Maher; T. Stapleton, S. McGrath; S. Hennessy, S. Callanan, J. Woodlock; M. McGrath, M. Webster, J. O’Brien.

GALWAY (SH v Waterford): C. Callinan; D. Joyce, E. McEntee, O. Canning; R. Murray, M. Ryan, F. Moore; A. Cullinane, D. Tierney; A. Smith, C. Donnellan, A. Callinan; G. Farragher, J. Canning, N. Healy.

WEXFORD (SH v Down): D. Fitzhenry; B. O’Leary, D. O’Connor, M. Travers; R. Kehoe, S. Nolan, C. Kenny; C. Farrell, M. Jordan; S. Doyle, A. Shore, P. Carley; R. Jacob, S. Banville, P. Atkinson.

LAOIS (SH v Offaly): T. Doran; K. Fitzpatrick, D. Maher, B. Stapleton; J. Walsh, M. Whelan, M. McEvoy; S. Dwyer, J. Walsh; J. Young, C. Coonan, O. Holohan; T. Fitzgerald, W. Hyland, J. Purcell.

WESTMEATH (SH v Carlow): P. Burke; D. Curley, P. Greville, C. Jordon; J. Shaw, A. Mitchell, E. Price; P. Dowdall, B. Connaughton; B. Smyth, A. Price, C. Curley; D. Mc Nicholas, B. Murtagh, D. McCormack.

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