Cork have been forced into three late changes to their starting fifteen ahead of tomorrow’s Munster football final against champions Kerry (7pm).
Centre-back, Thomas Clancy (Clonakilty) has been ruled out, as have wing forwards Eoghan McSweeney and John O’Rourke. Kilmacabea's Damien Gore, who had been drafted into the 26 upon McSweeney's withdrawal, also misses out with a recurring ankle problem.
Clonakilty’s Sean White comes in at No 6, while Kevin O’Driscoll and the Barrs' Stephen Sherlock come into a reshuffled attack. Bandon’s Peter Murphy and Paul Walsh from Kanturk have been added to the replacements.
The late changes are hardly ideal for Cork and manager Ronan McCarthy. Though John O'Rourke's hamstring strain is not long-term, he missed the internal A v B game last week and has not recovered in time to take his place. In that same inter-squad game, McSweeney tweaked a groin, while Clancy, like Gore, misses out with an ankle problem.
Despite the losses of O’Rourke and Knocknagree’s McSweeney, Michael Hurley and Luke Connolly are kept in reserve.
Gavin White, of county champions Dr Crokes, will skipper Kerry in Saturday’s decider.
The Kingdom hand championship debuts to four players – keeper Shane Ryan, Dingle’s Tom O’Sullivan, and forwards Dara Moynihan and Diarmuid O’Connor.