Rebels make two changes for Offaly test

DENIS WALSH has made two changes to the Cork team that annihilated Laois last week for Saturday’s All-Ireland second round qualifier against Offaly at Páirc Uí Chaoimh with Jerry O’Connor coming in for Tom Kenny at midfield while Cian McCarthy replaces Bill Cooper at centre-forward.

Offaly are not expected to finalise their team until after tonight’s Leinster U21 game against Dublin.

Meanwhile, Kieran Donaghy returned to Kerry training on Tuesday night and showed little signs of the knee injury he picked up playing with his club Austin Stacks recently.

Marc Ó Sé, who did not play with West Kerry in the championship on Saturday, was also back in action as the Kingdom count down to their Munster final against Cork on Sunday week.

MJ Tierney and Padraic Clancy are recalled to the Laois football side for Saturday’s All-Ireland qualifier against Tipperary in Portlaoise. Tierney was named in the starting 15 for the Leinster quarter-final defeat against Dublin but was not part of the match-day squad and that prompted him to express his frustration after the game on Twitter.

He will start at left corner-forward, with Clancy featuring at midfield, while Donie Kingston is in at full-forward. Mark Timmons, Daithí Carroll and Billy Sheehan make way.

Manager Justin McNulty has made several positional switches, Kevin Meaney moves to full-back, Peter O’Leary goes to left corner-back, Shane Julian switches to centre-back and Padraig McMahon to left half-back. Ross Munnelly is shifted to right corner-forward from the edge of the square.

Mayo manager James Horan has made six changes from the side that almost lost to London. Keith Higgins replaces the injured Dermot Geraghty in the full-back line, Trevor Mortimer comes in for Chris Barrett in a rare start at half back. Brothers Aidan and Seamus O’Shea start at midfield for the first time together for the injured James Kilcullen and Jason Gibbons. Kevin McLoughlin unseats Aidan Campbell in the half-forward line and Cillian O’Connor is handed his full championship debut for the injured Trevor Howley

Kildare manager Kieran McGeeney has kept faith with the side that defeated Meath for Sunday’s Leinster SFC semi-final against Dublin in Croke Park. John Doyle is again at midfield while Daryl Flynn is kept in reserve.

CORK (SH v Offaly): D Óg Cusack; S McDonnell, E Cadogan, B Murphy; J Gardiner, W Egan, S O’Neill; J O’Connor, P Cronin; B O’Connor, C McCarthy, N McCarthy; L O’Farrell, P O’Sullivan, P Horgan.

MAYO (SF v Galway): R Hennelly; T Cunniffe, A Feeney, K Higgins; R Feeney, D Vaughan, T Mortimer; S O’Shea, A O’Shea; K McLoughlin, A Dillon, A Moran; C O’Connor, A Freeman, J Doherty.

LAOIS (SF v Tipperary): E Culleton; C Healy, K Meaney, P O’Leary; D Strong, S Julian, P McMahon; P Clancy, B Quigley; C Begley, J O’Loughlin, N Donoher; R Munnelly, D Kingston, MJ Tierney.

KILDARE (SF v Dublin): S Connolly; A MacLochlainn, M Foley, H McGrillen; G White, B Flanagan, E Bolton; J Doyle, H Lynch; M O’Flaherty, E O’Flaherty, E Callaghan; A Smith, T O’Connor, J Kavanagh.

CARLOW (SH v Antrim): K Keogh; A Corcoran, S Kavanagh, D Shaw; E Coady, J Rogers, R Coady; E Nolan, B Doyle; C Doyle, E Byrne, P Keogh; D Roberts, M Brennan, R Dunbar.

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