Cork make three changes for Galway qualifier

Defensive duo Ronan Curran and Sean Og O'hAilpin have recovered from their respective injuries to be named in the Cork team for Saturday's GAA All-Ireland SHC fourth phase qualifier against Galway (Semple Stadium, throw-in 7pm).

Defensive duo Ronan Curran and Sean Og O'hAilpin have recovered from their respective injuries to be named in the Cork team for Saturday's GAA All-Ireland SHC fourth phase qualifier against Galway (Semple Stadium, throw-in 7pm).

Curran, who missed last weekend's win over Dublin due to a groin injury, returns at centre-back, while O'hAilpin's recovery from a hamstring complaint sees them restored at left half-back.

Eoin Cadogan and Ciaran McGann, who both made their championship bows against Dublin, are the players to make way.

In all, Cork manager Gerald McCarthy has made three changes to the side that secured a 1-17 to 0-15 victory over the Dubs at Pairc Ui Chaoimh.

The third change is in the forwards with Pa Cronin, an impressive substitute last time out, returning to the starting line-up at right half-forward.

Neil Ronan drops to the bench, with Ben O'Connor moved to a corner forward berth.

Saturday's clash will be the 30th championship meeting between Cork and Galway, with the Rebels leading by 25-4.

They last met in the championship in the 2005 All-Ireland final when a Cork team, for whom Ben O'Connor scored 1-07, won by 1-21 to 1-16.

However, of the three matches the current sides have already played against each other this year, Galway have won all three.

The Tribesmen beat Cork 2-22 to 0-24 in a NHL semi-final in April and have also triumphed in two challenge matches.

CORK (SHC v Galway) - D Og Cusack; S O'Neill, D O'Sullivan, B Murphy; J Gardiner, R Curran, S Og O'hAilpin; T Kenny, J O'Connor; P Cronin, N McCarthy, T McCarthy; B O'Connor, J Deane, C Naughton.

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