Cork give Lehane and McLoughlin the nod to face Galway

Cork have made two changes for Sunday’s All-Ireland SHC semi-final with Galway at Croke Park, Conor Lehane and Lorcan McLoughlin replacing Niall McCarthy and Daniel Kearney, respectively.

Manager Jimmy Barry-Murphy retains the same defensive line-up to face the Galway attack which took Kilkenny for 2-21 in their historic Leinster final victory, while McLoughlin comes in for Sars youngster Kearney at midfield.

Conor Lehane was forced to cry off before the Waterford game due to illness but has recovered and forces his way back onto the starting side at the expense of Niall McCarthy. Na Piarsaigh’s Christopher Joyce is named in the subs, having recovered from a hand injury.

Meanwhile, Kerry boss Sean Moynihan has made two changes from that side that beat Clare in the Munster final for tomorrow’s All-Ireland JFC semi-final against Cavan at Nenagh.

Both changes are in defence which see Brendan O’Mahoney of John Mitchels replacing Pat Corridan at full-back and Knocknagoshel’s James Walsh coming in for Michael Brennan at wing back.

lCork are mourning the passing of one its great football stalwarts, Kanturk’s John O’Mahony.

Amongt the foremost footballers of his generation, John’s prominence and dual involvement shone through an illustrious career for club, division and county.

John made his senior football debut for Cork in 1959 and figured on the side for just over a decade. Winner of the back to back Munster SFC medals in 1966/7, John played in the 1967 side that lost to Meath in the All Ireland final. And his versatility earned him selection on Munster teams in the Railway Cup.

Representing Kanturk with distinction, John crowned a five in a row of Duhallow junior hurling championships with a county title in 1969. Adding three junior football medals, John was a dual player and captain for his beloved division, later coaching Duhallow to a county senior football final in 1982. Subsequently, he took up selector positions on Cork senior football sides and part of team managements that won All Ireland Junior football titles in 1997 and 2001. In addition to coaching appointments to a number of clubs, he won respect as a competent referee, officiating at eight divisional finals.

CORK (SH v Galway): A. Nash; S. O’Neill, S. McDonnell, B. Murphy, T. Kenny, E. Cadogan, S. Óg Ó hAilpín; P. Cronin, L. McLoughlin; C. Lehane, C. McCarthy, J. Coughlan; P. O’Sullivan, L. O’Farrell, P. Horgan.

Subs: D. McCarthy, D. Cahalane, C. O’Sullivan, W. Egan, J. Gardiner, C. Joyce, D. Sweetnam, D. Kearney, C. Naughton, N. McCarthy, S. Moylan.

KERRY (All-Ireland JFC semi-final v Cavan, tomorrow, Nenagh, 3.30pm)

S Óg Ó Ciardubháin (Cordal); K Quirke (Duagh), B O’Mahoney (John Mitchels); K O’Dwyer (Waterville); M Mangan (Milltown/Castlemaine), J Sherwood (Firies), J Walsh (Knocknagoshel); A Garnett (Spa), A O’Sullivan (Tuosist); N O’Mahony (Spa), N Ó Sé (Dromid Pearses), P O’Donoghue (St. Mary’s); D O’Callaghan (St Pats), M O’Donoghue (Spa), C Cox (Listowel)

Subs: S O’Dee (Beale), M Brennan (Churchill), E Hickson (Annascaul), C Kerins (Milltown-Castlemaine) , E Walsh (Knocknagoshel), N Fitzgerald (Waterville), J Hickson (Annascaul), B Poff (St Pat’s), C Moriarty (Milltown-Castlemaine), D O’Dwyer (Waterville)

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