Galway unchanged for Cork clash

Galway are set to field an unchanged team in Saturday's All-Ireland SHC second phase qualifier against Cork at the Gaelic Grounds (throw-in 4pm).

Galway are set to field an unchanged team in Saturday's All-Ireland SHC second phase qualifier against Cork at the Gaelic Grounds (throw-in 4pm).

Manager John McIntyre has put his faith in the side that demolished Clare last time out. Indeed, it is the first time this year that he has selected an unchanged starting line-up.

Fit-again forwards Ger Farragher and Iarla Tannian have cemented their places after impressive returns against Clare, while veteran Alan Kerins, who scored 1-02 in last weekend's win, remains at top of the left.

Andy Smith (jaw) is expected to be fit to start in midfield alongside David Burke, who is recovering well from a shoulder knock.

Speaking after the 4-25 to 0-20 defeat of the Banner men, McIntyre said: "None of us is going to lose the run of ourselves. At the beginning of the year Galway would have been expected to beat Clare if their paths crossed in the Championship.

"My overriding emotion is just sheer delight for the players, they have really retrieved their reputations. But it's only one match.

"I will be challenging the squad and asking how did this display come and say to them, 'if we can do it one night, we can do it another night."

Galway and Cork's last Championship was in the 2009 All-Ireland qualifiers when the Tribesmen posted a 1-19 to 0-15 victory in Thurles.

Joe Canning hit double figures that day and there was a three-point contribution from Damien Hayes, Galway's captain for Saturday's clash.

GALWAY (SHC v Cork): James Skehill; Fergal Moore, Shane Kavanagh, David Collins; Donal Barry, Tony Og Regan, Adrian Cullinane; David Burke, Andy Smith; Joe Gantley, Ger Farragher, Iarla Tannian; Damien Hayes (capt), Joe Canning, Alan Kerins.

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