Don’t expect a flowing performance from the reigning All-Ireland champions this evening; their preparations having been somewhat hindered by the absence of seven panel members until last week due to St Brendan’s run to Hogan Cup glory. On the other side of the coin, though, Hogan Cup match-winners David Clifford and Dara Moynihan join the set-up in a rich vein of form. The Waterford team shows two survivors from last year’s team - Dylan Guiry and Shane O’Meara.
S Ó Lúing (An Ghaeltacht); G O’Sullivan (Dromid Pearses), N Collins (Listowel Emmets), M Reidy (Ballymacelligott); D Naughton (Dr. Crokes), D O’Brien (Glenflesk), M Foley (Ballydonoghue); M Breen (Beaufort), M Ryan (Rathmore); D Moynihan (Spa), S O’Shea (Kenmare), D O’Connor (Na Gaeil); B Friel (Rathmore), D Clifford (Fossa), F O’Brien (Austin Stacks).
A Beresford (Ballinacourty); A O’Sullivan (Clashmore/Kinsalebeg), J Skehan (Sliabh gCua), J Mulcahy (The Nire); C Ó Cuirrín (An Rinn), D Guiry (The Nire), C Curran (Brickey Rangers); M Daly (Brickey Rangers), J Beresford (Ballinacourty); B Power (Rathgormack), S Martin (Tramore), T Barron (The Nire); C Kirwan (Kill), S O’Meara (The Nire), P Prendergast (Clashmore/ Kinsalebeg).
Absent through injury for Cork are Ed Leahy, Ryan Fowley, Aidan Browne, and Chris Óg Jones. Nathan Walsh is the sole survivor from last year’s panel and so expect the home outfit to be slow in finding their feet. For Tipperary, Gavin Whelan and Jack Delahunty, two members of last year’s panel, are also ruled out with knocks. Colin English, named at right half-back, is the sole member of Mick O’Sullivan’s team who was present inside the whitewash during last September’s All-Ireland final hammering. To what extent the Premier squad has suffered from the dual debate in recent weeks remains to be seen.
M White (Clonakilty); D Scannell (Ahan Gaels/St. Marys), A McCarthy (St Finbarrs), L O’Donovan (Clonakilty); T Corkery (Cill na Martra), N Walsh (Douglas), J McCarthy (Carrigaline); J Ryan (Sliabh Rua/Ballymartle), C Foley (WesternGaels/Kilmichael); B O’Gorman (Macroom), C O’Callaghan (Eire Og), C Maguire (Castlehaven); D Gore (Kilmacabea), K O’Donovan (Nemo Rangers), M Buckley (Sam Maguires/Dohenys).
J Dolan (Fethard); J Harney (Moyle Rovers), P Feehan (Killenaule), J Flannery (Galtee Rovers); C English (Fr. Sheehy’s), D Brennan (Kilsheelan-Kilcash), S Nolan (Drom & Inch); C Cashman (Cahir), B Hyland (Fr. Sheehy’s); R Lambe (Clonmel Commercials), C Boland (Clonmel Commercials), D Egan (Galtee Rovers); J Lyons (Grangemockler-Ballyneale), M Barlow (Ardfinnan), A English (Ballyporeen).
Limerick trio Aaron Murphy, Fionn Murphy, and James Ryan were members of the 2015 starting team and the squad has been bolstered by the inclusion of dual players Anthony Barrett and Josh Ryan, the latter having bagged the key goal in the county’s Munster MHC win over Clare last Wednesday. The home outfit are captained by Corofin youngster Damien O’Loughlin and are expected to draw a large number of players from the St Flannan’s side which reached the Corn Ui Mhuiri semi-final.
A Murphy (Fr Casey’s); G Brennan (Claughaun), F Murphy (Kilteely/Dromkeen), D Enright (Monaleen); S Hurley (Newcastlewest), A Kearns (St Senans), O Collins (Adare); J Ryan (Oola), D Kelly (Newcastlewest); E O Mahony (Ballylanders), C McSweeney (Gearld Griffins), N Callinan (St Kierans); A Barrett (Kilmallock), A Storan (Mungret St Pauls), J Ryan (Athea).