Cork make four changes for Deise rematch

Corner backs Shane O'Neill and Brian Murphy, as well as midfielder Tom Kenny, have been recalled to the Cork team for Sunday's All-Ireland SHC quarter-final against Waterford at Croke Park (throw-in 4pm).

Corner backs Shane O'Neill and Brian Murphy, as well as midfielder Tom Kenny, have been recalled to the Cork team for Sunday's All-Ireland SHC quarter-final against Waterford at Croke Park (throw-in 4pm).

Cork manager Gerald McCarthy has made four changes in all to the side that lost to Tipperary in the last round of the All-Ireland qualifier series.

O'Neill and Murphy return from injury in place of Cian O'Connor and Shane Murphy.

Kenny, who has overcome a hamstring injury, edges out Kevin Hartnett in centre-field while the final change sees Timmy McCarthy preferred to team captain Kieran Murphy in the half-forwards.

In Murphy's absence, two-time All-Star Joe Deane will skipper the Rebels.

It will be Castlelyons clubman McCarthy's first start of the 2007 championship - he has been used off the bench in Cork's last four games - but Carrigtwohill attacker Niall McCarthy has failed to force his way back into the Rebels' starting line-up.

McCarthy has been sidelined since breaking a metatarsal bone in his foot during Cork's Munster semi-final defeat to Waterford on June 17. The 2004 All-Star is only back jogging but is hopeful of stepping up his training as the week progresses.

Praising Munster champions Waterford for their 2007 form, Cork boss Gerald McCarthy said: "Waterford are a very good team in great form and we will have to produce a big performance to beat them. They produce big performances consistently which they weren’t doing last year.

"Their main players have got more experience of the big days. Outside of our own, they have the best forward line in the country and they can see that they have the potential to go all the way this year."

CORK (SHC v Waterford) - D Og Cusack; S O'Neill, D O'Sullivan, B Murphy; J Gardiner, R Curran, Seán Óg Ó hAilpín; T Kenny, J O'Connor; B O'Connor, T McCarthy, P Cronin; N Ronan, K Murphy (Sarsfields), J Deane (capt).

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