Cork at strength for Dubs clash

CORK boss Robbie Smythe has a full squad to chose from ahead of today’s All-Ireland Minor Ladies football final with Dublin in Birr (2.30pm).

The clash is a curtain raiser to the senior championship qualifier between Clare and Tipperary, and both games will be broadcast live on TG4.

Cork were very impressive in their provincial win against Kerry in early May, however, their semi-final clash against Tyrone was a different story. A blistering first-half saw them lead 4-3 to 0-3 but they only registered a solitary point in the second half.

Smythe said: “The conditions were poor though, but you’d still like to be registering more than one point for an entire half. We have to take every chance we get against Dublin, it’s as simple as that.

Dublin had the tougher semi-final encounter against championship favourites Galway, and despite trailing up until the last quarter, they proved they deserved their place in the final with a three-goal blitz to steal the game.

Cork will be led out by rising Inch Rovers’ star Jessica O’Shea, while Ellen Keatley of Scoil Uí Chonaill will be hoping to skipper the Dubs in re-claiming the minor crown they won in 2008.

CORK SQUAD: L Crowley, A Barry, E Coakley, G O’Sullivan, S Kelly, J Barry, R Phelan, A Allen, B O’Sullivan, K O’Dea, E Scally, A Cott, J O’Shea (C), E Farmer, T Maguire, S Duggan, J Down, G McCarthy, H Hayes, F Neville, R Barrett, M Flynn, M Murphy, K O’Brien, M Lucey, E Murphy, A O’Driscoll, M Dineen, N O’Brien, L O’Sullivan.

DUBLIN SQUAD: A Gillen, L Caffrey, E Keatley (C), C King, G Barrett, S McCaffrey, A Nolan, O Smart, E McDonagh, E McGrath, S Killeen, A King, S Woods, A Gallagher, L Ebbs, T O’Connor, A Caffrey, C Ruddy, C Trant, C Williams, D Murphy, J Ward, L O’Curry, L Collins, M Kenny, N Owens, S Garvin, S Hinkson, O Whyte, K Dillon-Coote.

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