Two changes for Carlow

Shane Kavanagh and Sean McMahon have both been promoted to the Carlow starting XV for Sunday's Christy Ring Cup final against Antrim (Croke Park, throw-in 2pm).

Shane Kavanagh and Sean McMahon have both been promoted to the Carlow starting XV for Sunday's Christy Ring Cup final against Antrim (Croke Park, throw-in 2pm).

Kavanagh, as expected, comes in at centre-back having returned from a short trip to Boston last week.

Des Shaw drops to the bench to accommodate the Naomh Eoin star, who was Carlow's only representative on the Leinster panel last year.

Carlow manager Eoin Garvey has made one other change with Carlow Town clubman McMahon taking over at left corner forward from Brendan Lawler.

Lawler has only just returned from Las Vegas where he was competing in a poker classic, but the Naomh Brid attacker is expected to be thrown into the fray at headquarters at some stage.

His 0-5 contribution in the semi-final defeat was vital, as were the tallies of veteran forwards Des Murphy and Pat Coady, who added 2-6 (3f).

Between them, Murphy and Coady have made an incredible 257 inter-county appearances and scored 72-741 (957 points) for the Barrowsiders.

The duo are almost certain to end their Carlow careers at Croke Park, with Murphy the county's second most-capped hurler with 130 appearances, and St. Mullin's favourite Coady, who made his debut back in 1993, notably their top scorer in this season's Ring Cup with 1-23.

CARLOW (Ring Cup v Antrim) - F Foley; E Nolan, T Doyle, A Gaule; E Coady, S Kavanagh, L Kenny; C Hughes, D Roberts; P Coady, D Murphy, A Brennan; P Kehoe, R Foley (capt), S McMahon.

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