Cork unchanged for Dublin showdow

As expected, Cork manager Jimmy Barry-Murphy and his selectors have named an unchanged team from the starting 15 that triumphed over reigning champions Kilkenny in the All-Ireland SHC quarter-final for Sunday’s semi-final meeting with Dublin

On this occasion however there is no playing around with positions, Stephen McDonnell named to start in the corner rather than at full-back, Shane O’Neill in the number three jersey from the start. Likewise Jamie Coughlan is named to start at centre-forward, where he started against Kilkenny, rather than at corner-forward, Conor Lehane now named at top-of-the-left.

Of most significance is probably the naming of veteran defender Brian Murphy among the subs. Murphy, an outstanding and proven man-marker, suffered a broken collar-bone in a club game with Bride Rovers only six weeks ago. However, a visit to an English specialist has speeded up the healing process.

As has become his custom, Dublin manager Anthony Daly won’t name his side until this evening but it’s anticipated that as with Cork, there will be little if any change from the starting 15 that helped Dublin to its first Leinster title since 1961.

Meanwhile, with just over a week to go to their semi-final showdown against neighbours Clare, Limerick manager John Allen is hoping that several niggly injuries amongst his squad will have cleared up in time.

“It’s unusual in a game that has such contact and such hard hits that you’d have everyone available, which we had for the last two games, we had all 28 members of our panel,” Allen said.

Now, however, Allen has concerns over three — regular starter Seánie Tobin and two impact subs, Shane Dowling and Kevin Downes.

“Shane played for more or less half of the club game (with Na Piarsaigh) last weekend and he was training on Tuesday night so we’re hopeful he’ll be fit. Seanie Tobin and Kevin Downes have two toe injuries (Tobin has a broken metatarsal, Downes a broken toe).

“They should be doing a bit of training tonight (Thursday) and as of now nobody is ruled out. If one makes it or both makes it, at this stage we’re not sure. Seanie Tobin is three and-a-half weeks into it now so he probably has a better chance than Kevin. None of them are ruled out and I would be quite hopeful that both of them could play some part.”

CORK: A Nash; S McDonnell, S O’Neill, C O’Sullivan; T Kenny, C Joyce, W Egan; L McLoughlin, D Kearney; S Harnedy, J Coughlan, P Cronin (c); L O’Farrell, P Horgan, C Lehane.

Subs: D McCarthy, K Murphy, B Murphy, M Ellis, S White, R O’Shea, C McCarthy, S Moylan, C Naughton, M Cussen, M O’Sullivan.

WATERFORD (MH v Kilkenny): G Power (Dungarvan), W Hahessey (Clonea), K Daly (Dungarvan) (Capt), C Leamy (Ballyduff Upper); M Harney (Bonmahon), A Gleeson (Mount Sion), S Bennett (Ballysaggart), M O’Brien (Ferrybank), T Devine (Modeligo), A Farrell (De La Salle), C Roche (Shamrocks), DJ Foran (Portlaw), P Curran (Dungarvan), S Bennett (Ballysaggart), M Kearney (Ballyduff Upper).

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