Duo named in Cork team

Eoin Cadogan and Tom Kenny are on course to start for Cork in Sunday's much-anticipated Munster SHC quarter-final against Tipperary at Pairc Ui Chaoimh (throw-in 4pm).

Eoin Cadogan and Tom Kenny are on course to start for Cork in Sunday's much-anticipated Munster SHC quarter-final against Tipperary at Pairc Ui Chaoimh (throw-in 4pm).

Both players have been nursing injuries of late, but dual player Cadogan has overcome a foot problem to be listed at full-back and Kenny, who had been doubtful due to a hamstring injury, is fit enough to start at midfield.

In all, Cork manager Denis Walsh has made three changes in personnel to the team that lost the recent NHL Division 1 final to Galway.

Cadogan's return in defence sees recent debutant Eoin Dillon drop out of the side, and Jerry O'Connor and Niall McCarthy have been restored to the attack, with Lorcan McLoughlin and Michael Cussen the players to miss out. Cussen broke a bone in his finger during the defeat to Galway.

In a rejigged front eight, Cathal Naughton has been drafted back to partner the fit-again Kenny at midfield, Jerry O'Connor joins his twin brother Ben and McCarthy in the half-forward line and team captain Kieran Murphy starts at top of the right, alongside target man Aisake O hAilpin and the in-form Pat Horgan.

The Rebels' starting line-up is laden with Championship experience, particularly in the half-back line as John Gardiner (27), Ronan Curran (29) and Sean Og O hAilpin (33) combine once again.

These great rivals are meeting in the Championship for the seventh successive season. Over the past six years, Cork and Tipperary have clashed in Munster finals, semi-finals and quarter-finals and All-Ireland qualifiers, with three wins apiece.

Cork lead 36-35 in overall SHC meetings, and won twelve of the sides' last 20 encounters to Tipperary's six while there were two draws. When they met at this same stage last year, a goal from Seamus Callanan proved crucial as Tipp claimed a famous 1-19 to 0-19 win at Pairc Ui Chaoimh.

Looking forward to Sunday's game, Cork veteran Sean Og O hAilpin said: "Tipp might be favourites but we see it as a 50-50 ball game. What happens during the game determines whether it will go 60-40 or 70-30 one way or another, but before the ball is thrown-in it's the toss of a coin.

"Preparation has gone well, realistically all the work is done at this stage. The work for next Sunday started back in January. Preparation for the Tipperary game didn't start after defeat against Galway in the league final.

"It wasn't like we had to change things drastically. Yes, we had to tweak stuff, but the groundwork and the solid foundations were put in with three solid months in January, February and March."

CORK (SHC v Tipperary): D Og Cusack; S O'Neill, E Cadogan, B Murphy; J Gardiner, R Curran, S Og O hAilpin; T Kenny, C Naughton; B O'Connor, J O'Connor, N McCarthy; K Murphy (Sarsfields) (capt), A O hAilpin, P Horgan.

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