McDonnell makes Championship bow for Cork

Glen Rovers clubman Stephen McDonnell has been handed the number 2 jersey for Cork's Munster SHC quarter-final against Tipperary in Thurles on Sunday (throw-in 4pm).

Glen Rovers clubman Stephen McDonnell has been handed the number 2 jersey for Cork's Munster SHC quarter-final against Tipperary in Thurles on Sunday (throw-in 4pm).

Championship newcomer McDonnell will start in the full-back line alongside Eoin Cadogan and captain Shane O'Neill, as he did in the Rebels' final Allianz Hurling League match against Dublin.

Centre back William Egan and right corner forward Luke O'Farrell will both make their first Championship starts, having been used off the bench last summer.

Manager Denis Walsh has also put his faith in a new-look midfield partnership of Lorcán McLoughlin from Kanturk and Bishopstown's Pa Cronin.

The injured Ronan Curran (knee) is one of seven players missing from the team that took to the pitch for Cork's most recent Championship appearance, against Kilkenny in last August's All-Ireland semi-final.

The other absentees are Shane Murphy and Sean Óg Ó hAilpín along with the benched quartet of Tom Kenny, Cathal Naughton, Kieran Murphy and Jerry O'Connor.

Also kept in reserve is powerful forward Michael Cussen, with Paudie O'Sullivan the man to join O'Farrell and Pat Horgan in the full-forward line.

CORK (SHC v Tipperary): Donal Óg Cusack; Stephen McDonnell, Eoin Cadogan, Shane O'Neill (capt); John Gardiner, William Egan, Brian Murphy; Lorcán McLoughlin, Pa Cronin; Ben O'Connor, Cian McCarthy, Niall McCarthy; Luke O'Farrell, Paudie O'Sullivan, Pat Horgan.

Subs: Martin Coleman, Eoin Dillon, Conor O'Sullivan, Jamie Nagle, Tom Kenny, Jerry O'Connor, Cathal Naughton, Kieran Murphy, Michael Cussen, Jamie Coughlan, Bill Cooper.

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