Cuthbert rings Cork changes for Kerry clash

CORK boss Brian Cuthbert has made three changes to his starting 15 for next Sunday’s Munster MFC final against Kerry in FitzGerald Stadium, Killarney.

Roger Ryan has been drafted into the team at right corner-back, but is set to undergo a fitness test later in the week to decide whether he is able to take his place for Sunday’s game.

Darren Murphy also comes into the full-back line in the left corner while the final change is also in defence with Sean Ryan brought into the team at left half-back.

The three players to make way are Derek Crowley, Matthew O’Shea and Diarmuid Lester who formed the full-back line against Tipperary in the provincial semi-final. There are six positional changes made as well by Cuthbert with Damien Cahalane moving to full-back, Jamie Wall shifting to right half-back, and Tomas Clancy switching to centre- back.

Elsewhere, Jamie Burns starts at midfield alongside John O’Rourke, Kevin Sheehan will play at full-forward and Shane Duggan moves to left corner-forward. There are three new names among the substitutes with captain Daniel Fitzgerald recovering from injury to be part of the Cork squad, and Stephen O’Mahony (Gabriel Rangers) and Kevin Sulligmati (Nemo Rangers) also added to the 24-man panel.

Kerry manager Pat O’Driscoll has made one change for the game, drafting Waterville attacker Barry Dwyer into his team at right corner-forward with Gavin O’Grady moving into full-forward and the injured Sean Keane being the player to lose out.

There are two new faces to the Kerry panel from the team that played Limerick. Sean McCarthy (Legion) and Marcus Mangan (Milltown/ Castlemaine) are added to the subs list.

CORK MF: D Hanrahan (Douglas); R Ryan (Bishopstown), D Cahalane (Castlehaven), D Murphy (Ballincollig); J Wall (Killbrittain), T Clancy (Clonakilty), S Ryan (Newcestown); J Burns (St Finbarrs), J O’Rourke (Carbery Rangers); K Hallissey (Éire Óg), M Sugrue (Bandon), A Cronin (Nemo Rangers); B Hurley (Castlehaven), K Sheehan (Mallow), S Duggan (Na Piarsaigh).

Subs: S Masters (Kilmichael), M O’Shea (Glengarriff), J Goggin (St Finbarrs), S O’Mahony (Gabriel Rangers), K Sulligmati (Nemo Rangers), D Ring (Canovee), T Hegarty (O’Donovan Rossa), D Fitzgerald (Kiskeam), D McEoin (Ilen Rovers).

KERRY MF: P McCarthy (Rathmore); P Kilkenny (Glenbeigh/Glencar), D Culhane (Ballylongford), F McNamara (Austin Stacks); J Walsh (Knocknagoshel), L Bastible (John Mitchell’s), J Hickson (Annascaul); D Somers (St Senan’s), G Durrant (Dingle); M Reen (Rathmore), T Hickey (Desmonds), G O’Leary (Kilcummin); B Dwyer (Waterville), G O’Grady (Glenbeigh/Glencar), E O’Connor (St Michaels/Foilmore).

Subs: D Horgan (St Mary’s Caherciveen), J Moynihan (Rathmore), C O’Leary (Kilcummin), T Morley (Templenoe), S McCarthy (Legion), C Cox (Listowel Emmetts), A Thompson (Kerins O’Rahillys), M Mangan (Milltown/Castlemaine), P Boyle (Ballyduff).

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