Counihan’s Rebels welcome back Murphy for trip to Tyrone

NICHOLAS MURPHY returns to the Cork team for Saturday’s NFL game against Tyrone in Omagh.

The Carrigaline All Star missed Cork’s victory over Galway last weekend because of injury, but has been named at full-forward, with Colm O’Neill moving to left corner forward and Paul Kerrigan taking over the right half forward berth from Paul O’Flynn.

Tyrone manager Mickey Harte has made two changes; Cathal McCarron comes into the defence in place of Sean O’Neill, while Mark Donnelly makes his league debut in attack. Midfielder Kevin Hughes is ruled out by injury, with Colm Cavanagh switching to the central area.

Sean Cavanagh and Philip Jordan are set to make their first appearances of the season. The Moy pair have recovered from injury and are included in the subs.

Tyrone, still pointless after three games, desperately need a win to kick-start their battle to avoid relegation but face a stiff test against a Rebels side that has recorded three straight wins and remain on course to reach the Division One final, having won the Division Two title last season.

Dublin manager Pat Gilroy has made three changes for his side’s NFL Division 1 clash with Monaghan at Parnell Park tomorrow night from the team that defeated Mayo in Castlebar.

Rory O’Carroll and James McCarthy are introduced in defence at full-back and right half-back, respectively, at the expense of injured duo Paul Conlon and Paul Griffin. In the attack Bernard Brogan starts at full-forward with Kevin Bonner making way. Dublin’s injury woes show signs of abating with goalkeeper Michael Savage, defenders Griffin and Barry Cahill as well as the attacking trio of Conal Keaney, Dean Kelly and Blaine Kelly all likely to be available again for round five of the league.

Mayo defender Peadar Gardiner faces a race to be fit for the Connacht championship opener against Sligo on June 5, after undergoing surgery on a broken elbow on Tuesday night. Gardiner will miss the remainder of the NFL while Mayo are also without Ronan McGarrity for this weekend’s trip to Derry as he has a calf injury.

The Newtownshandrum duo of Ben O’Connor and Cathal Naughton will make their first Allianz NHL appearances of the season when Cork take on All-Ireland champions Kilkenny at Pairc Ui Chaoimh on Sunday. O’Connor has been named at right half forward with Naughton partnering Tom Kenny at midfield.

The Tipperary team to play Galway in the NHL on Sunday shows four changes from the team which started against Kilkenny last weekend. Paddy Stapleton, Michael Cahill, Seamus Hennessy and Jody Brennan come into the side in place of Paul Curran, Thomas Stapleton, Benny Dunne and Micheál Webster.

CORK (SF v Tyrone): K. O’Halloran; R. Carey, M. Shields, E. Cotter; P. Kissane, G. Spillane, N. O’Leary; A. O’Connor, P. O’Neill; P. Kerrigan, D. O’Connor, P. Kelly; D. Goulding, N. Murphy, C. O’Neill.

TYRONE (SF v Cork): J. Curran; D. Carlin, J. McMahon, C. McCarron; D. Harte, C. Gormley, R. McMenamin; A. Cassidy, C. Cavanagh; M. Donnelly, B. McGuigan, R. Mulgrew; T. McGuigan, M. Penrose, O. Mulligan.

DUBLIN (SF v Monaghan): S Cluxton; M Fitzsimons, Rory O’Carroll, P McMahon; J McCarthy, C O’Sullivan, G Brennan; E Fennell, R McConnell; A Hubbard, M McAuley, P Flynn; D Henry, B Brogan, K McManamon.

MONAGHAN (SF v Dublin): S. Duffy; D. McArdle, D. Hughes, C. Greenan; C. Walshe, N. McAdam, K. Hughes; F. Caulfield. P. Finlay; D. Clerkin, S. Gollogly, M. McElroy; C. McManus, V. Corey, T. Freeman.

TIPPERARY (SF v Meath): P Fitzgerald; C McDonald, N Curran, P Codd; C Aylward, R Costigan, C McGrath; G Hannigan, S Grogan; P Acheson, P Austin, B Mulvihill; C Sweeney, S Hahessy, B Grogan

CORK (SH v Kilkenny): D. Óg Cusack; S. O’Neill, E. Cadogan, S. Murphy; J. Gardiner, R. Curran, B. Murphy; T. Kenny, C. Naughton; B. O’Connor, M. O’Sullivan, N. McCarthy; K. Murphy, A. O h-Ailpin, P. Horgan.

TIPPERARY (SH v Galway): B. Cummins; P. Stapleton, P. Maher, B. Maher; D. Fanning, C. O’Mahony, S. Maher; M. Cahill, S. McGrath; D. Hennessy, J. Brennan, J. O’Brien; E. Kelly, L. Corbett, N. McGrath.

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