Cork and Cats meet again

Cork and Kilkenny renew rivalries today in the All-Ireland intermediate hurling final replay in Thurles.

Cork and Kilkenny renew rivalries today in the All-Ireland intermediate hurling final replay in Thurles.

In an appetiser to the tomorrow week's senior encounter, Cork will feel unlucky not to have captured the title two weeks ago, when at one stage they led by 13 points in what ended a drawn encounter.

However, credit to Kilkenny, who launched a second-half fightback and lived to fight another day.

Defending champions Cork, who had to assemble a whole new team as a result of taking the title last year, are unchanged for today's clash, despite letting Kilkenny off the hook a fortnight ago.

John Crowley and Jonathan Olden, who were both taken off in the drawn encounter, retain their places at corner-back and midfield respectively.

Meanwhile, Kilkenny will be delighted to have another bite at the cherry, having been so close to failure last time out.

Cats boss Maurice Power has made two changes to his side - defender Chris O'Neill and centre-forward Peter Cleere drop to the bench.

John Tennyson moves from wing-back to the corner and Sean Kealey takes his place in the half-back line. Brian Phelan moves to centre-forward from left half-forward and Eddie Walsh covers his place on the wing.

Throw-in at Semple Stadium is at 2.30pm.

CORK (IH v Kilkenny): A Nash; J Crowley, L Hayes, R McCarthy; B Walsh, T Lordan, D Fitzgerald; T Healy, J Olden; J Russell, D Dineen, B O'Dwyer; E Conway, R Doherty, S Hayes.

KILKENNY (IH v Cork): R O'Neill; J Tennyson, S Lanigan, P Costello; S Kealey, J Costello, J O'Neill; R Power, C Herity; D Buggy, B Phelan, E Walsh; M Grace, J Power, D Mackey.

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