Seniors to have big say for Kilkenny U21s

John Tennyson and James 'Cha' Fitzpatrick, who both started last weekend's All-Ireland SHC quarter-final defeat of Galway, have been named in the Kilkenny side for tonight's Erin Leinster U21 hurling final (Nowlan Park, throw-in 7.30pm).

John Tennyson and James 'Cha' Fitzpatrick, who both started last weekend's All-Ireland SHC quarter-final defeat of Galway, have been named in the Kilkenny side for tonight's Erin Leinster U21 hurling final (Nowlan Park, throw-in 7.30pm).

The duo are joined by fellow senior panellists Donnacha Cody, Sean Cummins, John Dalton, Michael Fennelly and Austin Murphy for tonight's decider against Dublin.

The Cats, who lost last year's All-Ireland U21 final to Galway, are gunning for their fourth straight Leinster U21 title. They beat Dublin 0-17 to 1-10 in the 2005 final with Eoin Larkin hitting 10 points.

The champions were easy 3-17 to 1-6 winners over Wexford in last month's semi-final, and Adrian Finan's side will be brimming with confidence.

He has made two changes to the semi-final team. The speedy Damien Fogarty will line out at left half-forward with Paddy Hogan, a midfielder against Wexford, making way. Cha Fitzpatrick reverts to a centrefield role.

With another senior star, Richie Power (knee cartilage), out injured, O'Loughlin Gaels ace Maurice Nolan takes over at full-forward.

KILKENNY (U-21HC v Dublin) - L Tierney; K Joyce, D Cody, S Cummins; J Dalton, J Tennyson, P Hartley; M Fennelly, J Fitzpatrick; TJ Reid, A Murphy, D Fogarty; E O'Donoghue, M Nolan, D McCormack.

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