Cork make two changes for qualifier

Cork manager Billy Morgan has made two changes to his side for Saturday's All-Ireland SFC third round qualifier against Louth (O'Moore Park, throw-in 2pm).

Cork manager Billy Morgan has made two changes to his side for Saturday's All-Ireland SFC third round qualifier against Louth (O'Moore Park, throw-in 2pm).

Conor McCarthy and John Miskella, who were both used as substitutes in the Munster final defeat to Kerry, will start in Portlaoise this weekend with Noel O'Leary and Fintan Goold losing their places.

McCarthy, the O'Donovan Rossa clubman, gets the nod at right half-forward as he is preferred to Under-21 starlet Goold, while Noel O'Leary's suspension for clashing with Kerry's Paul Galvin in the Munster final sees Miskella come in at right half-back.

It is Miskella's first start of the season for Cork and a deserved one as he has been in superb form for his club Ballincollig of late.

Morgan, who was in Newbridge last Saturday to see Louth surprise Kildare, is hoping to guide Cork to their first ever championship victory over Louth.

The counties have only met once previously, in the 1957 All-Ireland final, with Louth coming out on top by 1-9 to 1-7.

A win for Cork would see them reach the All-Ireland quarter-finals for the fourth time in recent years, while Louth have failed to progress to the last-eight since the new system was introduced in 2001.

CORK (SFC v Louth) - P O'Shea; M Shields, G Canty, K O'Connor; J Miskella, G Spillane, A Lynch; N Murphy, D Kavanagh; C McCarthy, P O'Neill, K McMahon; J Masters, M Cussen, D O'Connor.

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