Cork and Tipp ring changes for McGrath Cup final

Cork boss Conor Counihan has made six changes for next Sunday’s McGrath Cup final against Tipperary in Clonmel from the side that overturned CIT in last weekend’s semi-final.

Conor O’Driscoll and Aidan O’Reilly come into defence in the wing-back positions instead of Sean Kiely and Paudie Kissane. At midfield, Alan O’Connor and James Fitzpatrick form a new partnership as Pearse O’Neill and Micheal Ó Laoire make way. In attack, Fiachra Lynch starts at right half-forward and Seanie Cahalane will play at full-forward as both Patrick Kelly and Colm O’Neill are nursing injuries.

Tipperary manager John Evans has made five changes from the team that defeated UCC in last Sunday’s semi-final. Matthew O’Donnell is named in goal, Robbie Costigan and Ciaran McDonald will start in the corner-back positions, Robbie Kiely is brought in at left half-back and Seamus Grogan will play at centre-forward. Paul Fitzgerald, Jonathan Ryan, Andrew Morrissey, Brian Fox and David Butler are the players to make way.

Andy Moran will make his first start of the 2012 season in tonight’s FBD League final against NUI Galway at McHale Park. The Ballaghaderreen attacker has battled back from injury as he sustained a broken leg at a trial with the Irish International Rules squad last September.

There are three other changes from the side that defeated Roscommon last weekend as Ger Cafferkey replaces Shane McHale at full-back, Peadar Gardiner comes in for Chris Barrett at wing-back while Aidan O’Shea gets the nod at midfield ahead of his brother Seamus.

Tyrone manager Mickey Harte has rung the changes for tomorrow night’s Dr McKenna Cup final against Derry. John Devine replaces Pascal McConnell in goal while Dermot Carlin replaces Conor Clarke in defence and Michael Murphy comes in for Niall McKenna at midfield. In attack, Matthew Donnelly, Peter Hughes, Martin Penrose and Stephen O’Neill are all drafted in at the expense of Ciaran Gervin, Kyle Coney, Paddy McNeice and Ronan O’Neill.

CORK (SF v Tipperary): K O’Halloran; E Cotter, R Carey, K Harrington; C O’Driscoll, G Canty, A O’Reilly; A O’Connor, J Fitzpatrick; F Lynch, F Goold, L Shorten; P Kerrigan, S Cahalane, K O’Sullivan.

TIPPERARY (SF v Cork): M O’Donnell; R Costigan, P Codd, C McDonald; L Egan, T Ryan, R Kiely; B Jones, E Ryan; H Coghlan, S Grogan, P Acheson; C Sweeney, P Austin, S Grogan. Subs: P Fitzgerald, B Fox, J Ryan, B Mulvihill, D Lynch, M Quinlivan, D Heffernan, S Ryan, J O’Callaghan, B O’Brien, E Connolly, S Carey.

MAYO (SF v NUI Galway): D Clarke; K Higgins, G Cafferkey, L Keegan; P Gardiner, D Vaughan, R Feeney; B Moran, A O’Shea; K McLoughlin, A Dillon, P Harte; A Freeman, A Moran, C Mortimer. Subs: C Campbell, S O’Shea, E Reilly, M Walsh, C Barrett, J Gibbons, D Kirby, C O’Connor, M Conroy, M Forde, E Regan, S McHale, C Boyle, A Feeney, E Varley.

TYRONE (SF v Derry): J Devine; A McCrory, Justin McMahon, PJ Quinn; C McCarron, P Harte, D Carlin; M Murphy, C Cavanagh; Matthew Donnelly, P Hughes, M Penrose; O Mulligan, Mark Donnelly, Stephen O’Neill.

Subs: P McConnell, A Cassidy, C Clarke, K Coney, J Lafferty, D McCaul, N McKenna, Joe McMahon, S McNulty, R O’Neill, Sean O’Neill.

MUNSTER (SH Panel v Tipperary): C Dillon (Clare), P Donnellan (Clare), P Cronin (Cork), D Óg Cusack (Cork), J Gardiner (Cork), P Horgan (Cork), T Murnane (Kerry), S Nolan (Kerry), T Condon (Limerick), D Hannon (Limerick), D O’Grady (Limerick), N Quaid (Limerick), M Cahill (Tipperary), L Corbett (Tipperary), P Curran (Tipperary), E Kelly (Tipperary), Padraic Maher (Tipperary), Patrick Maher (Tipperary), B Maher (Tipperary), S McGrath (Tipperary), C O’Mahony (Tipperary), G Ryan (Tipperary), L Lawlor (Waterford), K Moran (Waterford), S O’Sullivan (Waterford), M Walsh (Waterford).

KERRY (SH v IT Tralee): B Rochford; P Costelloe, R Horgan, J Godley; L Boyle, T Murnane, J Griffin; D Dineen, D O’Connell; S Brick, M Boyle, J Egan; PJ Connolly, A Boyle, S Nolan.

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