Cussen remains benched as Cork name unchanged side

Michael Cussen, who scored a vital 1-01 in last month's Munster final win over Kerry, has failed to force his way in the Cork team for Sunday's GAA Football All-Ireland quarter-final clash with Kildare (throw-in 2pm).

Michael Cussen, who scored a vital 1-01 in last month's Munster final win over Kerry, has failed to force his way in the Cork team for Sunday's GAA Football All-Ireland quarter-final clash with Kildare (throw-in 2pm).

Cussen and his fellow substitutes James Masters, Fintan Goold and Paul Kerrigan scored 1-04 between them against Kerry, but all four will again be on the bench for this weekend's trip to Croke Park.

With team captain Graham Canty returning to fitness, Cork manager Conor Counihan has named an unchanged team for the last-eight tie.

Canty had to be replaced, nine minutes into the second half against Kerry, due to a medial knee ligament injury.

The Bantry man, having made good strides since the Munster final, is fit enough to be named in Cork's midfield - although it is anticipated he will feature in defence for a large chunk of Sunday's game.

Canty has been in the wars this summer. A shoulder injury, sustained in a practice match, threatened his participation in the Munster final.

Derek Kavanagh, Anthony Lynch and Kieran O'Connor, who were drafted in for the Kerry game, have retained their starting places, as has right corner-back Derek Duggan, who is back fully fit after a leg injury.

Sunday's game will be the first championship meeting between Cork and Kildare since the 1956 All-Ireland semi-final, which the Rebels won by 0-09 to 0-05.

Since the new championship system was introduced in 2001, Cork have won four straight All-Ireland quarter-finals.

They beat Mayo (0-16 to 1-10 in 2002), Galway (2-14 to 2-11 in 2005), Donegal (1-11 to 1-10 in 2006) and Sligo last year by 1-11 to 0-08.

CORK (SFC v Kildare) - A Quirke; D Duggan, D Kavanagh, A Lynch; B O'Regan, G Spillane, K O'Connor; G Canty (capt), A O'Connor; N Murphy, P O'Neill, S O'Brien; D Goulding, D O'Connor, J Hayes.

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