Jimmy Barry-Murphy rejigs Cork for semi-final clash with Ger Cunningham’s Dublin

Jimmy Barry-Murphy has strengthened his Cork team significantly for Sunday’s Allianz Hurling League semi-final against Dublin with switches in defence and attack.

Jimmy Barry-Murphy rejigs Cork for semi-final clash with Ger Cunningham’s Dublin

Centre-back Mark Ellis and corner-forward Alan Cadogan are both available again after injury and resume their regular roles for the Nowlan Park tie.

The third change from the side that defeated Wexford by four points in the quarter-finals is the return of corner-back Stephen McDonnell.

Work commitments meant the Glen Rovers man missed the defeat of Wexford, which saw Cork come from six down at half-time to pull off a win.

McDonnell replaces William Kearney while Ellis comes in for Killian Burke. Cadogan takes the spot of Anthony Spillane who was the first player taken off against Wexford.

In all, a dozen of the Cork side that claimed the Munster title last summer start with Christopher Joyce (knee) and Pa Cronin (hand) injured while Bill Cooper is among the subs.

Perhaps more significantly, it’s also close to the same team that hammered Dublin just last month in the group stage at Croke Park.

Bar two alterations in the full-back line, it’s the same team that shot 34 points that evening with 21 of those scores coming in the first-half alone.

Opponents Dublin will confirm their side this evening. They have been boosted by the availability of experienced wing-back Conal Keaney who had a retrospective charge for stamping on Limerick’s Cian Lynch in the quarter-finals thrown out.

Meanwhile, the sons of two former Dublin and Meath rivals have been named in Westmeath’s full-back line for tomorrow’s Leinster minor football championship opener.

Garrett Carr, son of former Dublin captain and manager Tommy, and Billy Flynn, son of two-time All-Ireland medallist with Meath, Bernard Flynn, will both start against Wexford.

Their fathers famously went head to head in the 1980s and early 1990s with their respective counties though are both close friends now and reside in Westmeath.

Westmeath play Wexford at Innovate Wexford Park at 3pm. It’s one of five first-round matches in the Leinster championship including the meeting of Dublin and Offaly.

The Dublin U21s have named an unchanged side for tomorrow’s Eirgrid All-Ireland U21 football semi-final against Tipperary in Tullamore.

Manager Dessie Farrell has, however, made some positional switches in defence from the side that beat Kildare in the Leinster final.

Fermanagh boss Peter McGrath has confirmed that attacker Sean Quigley is a fitness concern for their Allianz football league Division 3 final tie with Armagh.

The Roslea full-forward suffered a head injury in a club game last weekend. A statement released by McGrath’s management team confirmed they were “monitoring the situation”.

Cork (NHL v Dublin):

A Nash; S O’Neill, D Cahalane, S McDonnell; L McLoughlin, M Ellis, C Murphy; D Kearney, A Walsh; C Lehane, S Harnedy, R O’Shea; A Cadogan, L O’Farrell, P Horgan.

Westmeath (MFC v Wexford):

J Hyland; B Traynor, G Carr, B Flynn; M Scally, E Nally, P Maxwell; F Coyne, S Duncan; C Daly, A Roarke, N Gavin; C Mannion, J Halligan, B Berry.

Dublin (U-21 FC v Tipperary):

L Molloy; E Mullan, D Byrne, E Murchan; E Lowndes, C Mullally, R McGowan; S Cunningham, S Carthy; G Burke, A Foley, N Scully; C Costello, C McHugh, C Basquel.

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