O'hAilpín deemed fit to start for Cork; Waterford makes one change

Michael Cussen is the only change in personnel for Cork, while Sean Og O'hAilpín has been deemed fit to start for Saturday's GAA Munster Senior Hurling Final replay against Waterford at Semple Stadium (7pm).

Michael Cussen is the only change in personnel for Cork, while Sean Og O'hAilpín has been deemed fit to start for Saturday's GAA Munster Senior Hurling Final replay against Waterford at Semple Stadium (7pm).

Cussen replaces Jerry O’Connor who has been hit by a hamstring injury in the starting side selected by manager Denis Walsh.

Niall McCarthy moves to centre-half-forward, while Cussen starts on the left-wing.

Meanwhile, despite strong speculation over whether veteran defender Sean Og O'hAilpín would be fit to start, the three-time All-Star has been included in the starting line-up.

The Na Piarsaigh clubman was rated doubtful after picking up a hamstring injury during last Sunday's 2-15 apiece draw with Waterford.

Speaking midweek O'hAilpín expected that he wouldn't be available for selection again for two or three weeks.

"It's down the bottom of the muscle towards the knee. The best case scenario is that it will be two to three weeks out anyway, so that means there's no chance of me playing in the replay next Saturday evening," he said.

"As a player, you never like missing big games through injury. But I won't be sitting back this week, crying and feeling sorry for myself.

"I'll be down at training, geeing up the lads who will be playing. Injured players don't travel with the team so I'll be sitting in the stand next Saturday."

Meanwhile, opponents Waterford have also made just the one personnel switch with Seamus Prendergast brought into the team.

Prendergast, who came on as a substitute for Eoin McGrath in last Sunday's drawn encounter, replaces McGrath in the starting line-up at left-corner-forward.

CORK (SH v Waterford): D Óg Cusack; S O’Neill, E Cadogan, B Murphy; J Gardiner, R Curran, S Óg Ó hAilpín; T Kenny, C Naughton; B O’Connor, N McCarthy, M Cussen; K Murphy, A Ó’hAilpín, P Horgan.

WATERFORD (SH v Cork): C Hennessy; E Murphy, L Lawlor, N Connors; T Browne, M Walsh, D Prendergast; S O’Sullivan, R Foley; S Walsh, K Moran, E Kelly; S Molumphy, J Mullane, S Prendergast.

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