Armagh U21s bidding to reach final

Munster champions Cork take on Armagh today for a place in the All-Ireland U21 football final.

Munster champions Cork take on Armagh today for a place in the All-Ireland U21 football final.

The Orchard County, who defeated a fancied Derry side in the Ulster final, are bidding for their first ever All-Ireland final appearance in this grade.

However, Armagh boss Peter Rafferty has expressed his concern at his side's lack of match fitness, as four months have lapsed since their provincial final win.

Gareth Swift comes in at midfield for the northerners in the only change from the side that beat Derry.

Swift takes the place of Shane O'Neill, who failed to recover from injury.

Ciaran McKeever leads the attack, and the side, while Cork's defence will have to keep a close watch on attacker Ronan Austin, who nabbed two goals in the Ulster final.

There are five senior panellists on the side - McKeever, brothers Aaron and Stephen Kernan, Malachy Mackin and Andy Mallon.

Meanwhile, Cork, fresh from their surprise Munster final win over Kerry a fortnight ago, have stuck with tried and trusted for today's clash.

The Rebels have given the team that defeated Kerry in the provincial final a vote of confidence and remain unchanged for today.

Kevin O'Sullivan, Cork's most potent forward in the surprise win over Kerry, is selected at left corner-forward.

ARMAGH (U21F v Cork): P Wilson; G Smyth, F Moriarty, A Mallon; A Kernan, C McKeever, capt, B McDonald; M Mackin, G Swift, G Loughran, S Kernan, P Toal; M McNamee, R Austin, B Mallon.

CORK (U21FC v Armagh): K Murphy; M Prout, D O’Donovan, B Crowley; N

O’Riordan, P Nealon, E O’Connor; D Coughlan, S O’Sullivan; C O’Riordan, P Kelly, J Hayes; R Long, T Twomey, K O’Sullivan.

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