Cork name team for All-Ireland SFC showdown with Kerry

Having recovered from a broken jaw, championship top scorer James Masters has been named in the Cork team for Sunday's All-Ireland SFC final against Kerry, Croke Park, throw-in 3.30pm.

Having recovered from a broken jaw, championship top scorer James Masters has been named in the Cork team for Sunday's All-Ireland SFC final against Kerry, Croke Park, throw-in 3.30pm.

However, former All-Star Anthony Lynch has been ruled out due to a hand injury, forcing Cork manager Billy Morgan into an extra change with John Miskella switching to defence to cover Lynch's absence.

Lynch tried desperately to make the final - he had pins inserted in his left hand yesterday - and there are rumours that he may be given a late fitness test to see if he can play but that looks very unlikely.

Lynch's absence means midfielder Nicholas Murphy is the only member of this weekend's Cork team that played in the 1999 All-Ireland final against Meath.

Morgan's other change to the side that beat Meath in last month's semi-final sees Conor McCarthy come into the attack in place of Daniel Goulding.

Cork are bidding to win their seventh All-Ireland senior title and join Meath in joint third place in the all-time list behind Kerry, Dublin and Galway.

The Rebels have not had an All-Ireland football success since 1990 when current boss Morgan was once more in the manager's hot seat.

This is Morgan's seventh All-Ireland final as a manager - he was in in charge in 1987 (lost to Meath), 1988 (drew and lost to Meath in replay), 1989 (beat Mayo), 1990 (beat Meath) and 1993 (lost to Derry).

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

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