Lynch returns to Cork side

As expected, two-time All-Star Anthony Lynch has been named in the Cork team for Sunday's All-Ireland SFC semi-final showdown with Tyrone at Croke Park (throw-in 3.30pm).

As expected, two-time All-Star Anthony Lynch has been named in the Cork team for Sunday's All-Ireland SFC semi-final showdown with Tyrone at Croke Park (throw-in 3.30pm).

Lynch is set to make his Championship return after a groin problem ruled him out of the Munster final win over Limerick and the All-Ireland quarter-final defeat of Donegal.

He was originally pencilled in at left corner back for the clash with Donegal - but the game came too soon for him and his place was taken by Kieran O'Connor before the throw-in.

The Naomh Aban clubman resumed full training last week, however, and is reportedly back close to full fitness as the Rebels try to reach the All-Ireland decider for the second time in three years.

Lynch's promotion back into the starting line-up sees Kieran O'Connor drop to the bench, with Conor Counihan keeping faith with the rest of the side that hammered Donegal by 1-27 to 2-10.

Fintan Goold and Paudie Kissane, who both got in amongst the points as second half substitutes last time out, have to be content with bench roles once again.

Cork will be hoping history repeats itself this weekend. When they previously met Tyrone in 1973, the men from Munster won an All-Ireland semi-final by 5-10 to 2-4 en route to winning the title.

Counihan's charges will need top scorer Donnacha O'Connor to continue his consistent form in front of goal.

The free-taking corner forward has scored 3-18 so far this summer, with Daniel Goulding (1-15) and Paul Kerrigan (2-7) also showing good accuracy in recent games.

CORK (SFC v Tyrone) - A Quirke; R Carey, M Shields, A Lynch; N O'Leary, G Canty (capt), J Miskella; A O'Connor, N Murphy; P Kerrigan, P O'Neill, P Kelly; D Goulding, C O'Neill, D O'Connor.

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