Cork name unchanged team for semi-final

Cork manager Conor Counihan has named an unchanged team for Sunday's GAA Football All-Ireland senior championship semi-final showdown with Kerry.

Cork manager Conor Counihan has named an unchanged team for Sunday's GAA Football All-Ireland senior championship semi-final showdown with Kerry.

Both team captain Graham Canty and influential midfielder Nicholas Murphy, who have been nursing medial knee ligament and hamstring injuries respectively, have failed to force their way back into the side.

But the pair, who will undergo late fitness tests, could still play some part in the game as either starters or substitutes.

Sunday will see the recently-crowned Munster champions look to loosen Kerry's grip on the Sam Maguire Cup.

Their unchanged starting line-up, which helped secure a 2-11 to 1-11 quarter-final win over Kildare, sees midfielder Pearse O'Neill and centre-forward James Masters both retained.

Former skipper Derek Kavanagh looks set for a battle royale with Kerry target man Kieran Donaghy on the edge of the Cork square, while Alan O'Connor will partner O'Neill in the Rebels' engine room.

Up front, Counihan will be hoping that his full-forward line of Daniel Goulding, Michael Cussen and John Hayes click again on the Croke Park pitch.

The trio grabbed 2-08 between them last time out against Kildare, with both Hayes and the imposing Cussen helping themselves to early goals.

All used as substitutes against the Lilywhites, Michael Shields, John Miskella, Fintan Goold, Noel O'Leary and Paddy Kelly have been kept in reserve by the Cork management once more.

Incredibly, Sunday's game (throw-in 3.30pm) will mark the 17th time that Cork and Kerry have met in the championship since the start of the 1998 season.

The winners will qualify for the All-Ireland final on September 21, when they will meet either Tyrone or Wexford.

Cork, for whom Goulding (1-11) has top-scored this summer, are attempting to reach the final for the second successive year.

Counihan's charges made a brilliant comeback in last month's Munster final to eventually run out 1-16 to 1-11 winners over Kerry.

That victory saw them gain a slice of revenge for last September's disappointing 3-13 to 1-09 defeat to the Kingdom in a one-sided All-Ireland decider.

CORK (SFC v Kerry) - A Quirke; D Duggan, D Kavanagh, A Lynch; B O'Regan, G Spillane, K O'Connor; A O'Connor, P O'Neill; D O'Connor, J Masters, S O'Brien; D Goulding, M Cussen, J Hayes.

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