Cavanagh’s return is a massive boost and is one of seven changes made by manager Mickey Harte following last week’s defeat against Galway, which leaves them fighting to avoid relegation.
Pascal McConnell replaces John Devine in goal, with Dermot Carlin and Cathal McCarron replacing Martin Swift and Ciarán Gourley in the corner-back positions. Justin McMahon’s absence through injury, sees Joe McMahon switch back to the edge of the square with U21 star Kyle Coney coming in at right half-forward. The other changes up front see Cavanagh replace Colm McCullagh, Peter Harte come in for Raymond Mulgrew and Owen Mulligan picked instead of Jason McAnulla.
Defender Phillip Jordan returns to the bench after coming back from an operation over the winter period. Brian McGuigan is also named amongst the substitutes and the three-time All-Ireland winning centre-forward has revealed that he is set to retire from inter-county football after this summer.
“In county football, once you hit the 30 mark, every year you are thinking of it. When the year is over, I’ll assess it then. But in don’t think there are a few years left.”
Cork make just the one change from the starting side that faced Dublin last weekend for their Division 1 trip to Celtic Park to face Derry tomorrow night. Ciarán Sheehan, who had a hugely impressive debut when introduced early on against Dublin, is rewarded with a starting berth at full-forward this weekend with Nicholas Murphy ruled out through injury. Paudie Kissane and Derek Kavanagh both retain their places after being drafted into side before throw-in last weekend due to injuries to Ger Spillane and Pearse O’Neill. Eoin Cadogan is named at full-back at the start of a busy weekend for the Douglas man as he lines out for the Cork hurlers on Sunday afternoon.
Derry manager Damien Cassidy has made five switches for the game after last week’s emphatic defeat against Monaghan. Mark Craig comes in at corner-back, Barry McGuigan and Michael Bateson are handed starts in the half-back line, Joe Diver is named at midfield while James Kielt comes into the attack at corner-forward.
Brian Óg McAlary, Patsy Bradley, Sean Leo McGoldrick, Andrew McLaughlin and Barry Mullen all drop out of the team.
Cassidy also moves several players into new positions, with Barry McGoldrick going to centre-forward from centre-back, Charlie Kielt switched from left half-back to left half-forward, Eoin Bradley shifted to right half-forward and Mark Lynch moves in to left corner-forward.
Galway boss Joe Kernan has made two changes for their Division 1 clash against Dublin in Parnell Park tomorrow night as they look to build on last Sunday’s impressive victory against Tyrone. Garreth Bradshaw comes in at left half-back with Garry O’Donnell making way while Barry Cullinane starts at midfield in place of Paul Conroy. Full-back Finian Hanley retains his place despite having to be withdrawn at half-time last Sunday through injury, while Eoin Concannon is rewarded for an impressive debut display by holding onto his corner-forward berth.
Sligo make two changes for their NFL Division 3 trip to Fermanagh on Sunday from the team that defeated Cavan last weekend. Keelan Cawley is drafted into defence at right half-back instead of Donal McLynn while Alan Costello replaces U21 star David Maye at left half-forward.
Costello’s introduction sees Gary Gaughan switch wings to start at right half-forward. Limerick make two changes for their NFL Division 4 clash at home to Kilkenny in the Gaelic Grounds tomorrow night. Barry Fitzpatrick gets a starting berth at left half-back, Andrew Lane switches back to the left corner and Pa Ranahan is the player to lose out. In attack, John Cooke is named at left half-forward with Sean Buckley switching inside to centre-forward and Cormac Joyce-Power dropping out of the team.
TYRONE (SF v Kerry): P McConnell; D Carlin, J McMahon, C McCarron; D Harte, C Gormley, R McMenamin; A Cassidy, C Cavanagh; K Coney, S Cavanagh, P Harte; T McGuigan, M Penrose, O Mulligan.
CORK (SF v Derry): P O’Shea; R Carey, E Cadogan, E Cotter; P Kissane, M Shields, N O’Leary; A O’Connor, D Kavanagh; F Goold, J Hayes, P Kelly; D Goulding, C Sheehan, P Kerrigan.
DERRY (SF v Cork): B Gillis; M Craig, K McGuckin, D McBride; G O’Kane, B McGuigan, M Bateson; F Doherty, J Diver; E Bradley, B McGoldrick, C Kielt; J Kielt, P Bradley, M Lynch.
GALWAY (SF v Dublin): E O’Conghaile; D Reilly, F Hanley, D Burke; D Meehan, D Blake, G Bradshaw; B Cullinane, N Coleman; G Sice, F Breathnach, J Bergin; E Concannon, N Joyce, M Clancy.
SLIGO (SF v Fermanagh): P Greene; C Harrison, N McGuire, R Donavan; K Cawley, M Quinn, J Davey; T Taylor, S Gilmartin; A Costello, M Breheny, G Gaughan; C McGee, K Sweeney, D Kelly.
LIMERICK (SF v Kilkenny): C Ranahan; M O’Riordan, C Mullane, A Lane; D Carroll, S Gallagher, B Fitzpatrick; J O’Donovan, R Hayes; P Browne, S Buckley, J Cooke; G Collins, J Ryan, G Noonan.