Cork wary of a vengeful Tipp

THE Cork team to play Tipperary in the Munster U-21 Hurling Championship final at Thurles tomorrow night has two changes from the side that beat Limerick in the semi-final.

Fergus Murphy, who came on as a second half sub and did well, holds his place at the expense of his Erin's Own clubmate Mark O'Connor while Kieran Murphy (Sars) who was injured for the Limerick game, returns in place of David Cashman.

Four players, Martin Coleman, Jerry O'Brien, Brian Murphy and Diarmuid O'Riordan are in line to win their second provincial hurling medal as they were members of the intermediate team which defeated Waterford in that final two weeks ago.

Tipp make three changes in personnel and a number of positional switches from the Clare game. Francis Devanney, Michael Farrell and Ronan O'Brien come in to the forward line in place of Derek Bourke, Conor O'Mahoney and Alan O'Neill.

Cork coach Seanie O'Gorman feels his side will be up against it.

"Tipperary have lost the last two finals to Limerick and lost two finals to Cork in 1997 and 1998, and as a result have every incentive to win this one," said O'Gorman.

"The 1997 final in particular was heartbreaking as they looked to have the title won going into extra time but Timmy McCarthy made a great run for the winning goal.

"Our performance against All-Ireland champions Limerick was encouraging. They had beaten us three years in a row and we needed desperately to put an end to that run.

"It was only in the last quarter that we finally got their measure. Tipperary will be an entirely different proposition tomorrow night. They are going into the game on the back of having won the minor title for the last two years and in each case they defeated Cork in those finals."

Tipperary coach Seamus Power said his side has been on the wrong end of a couple of defeats in recent years, in particular to Limerick and Cork and need to remedy that.

"The defeat by Cork in 1997 is still talked about. After we defeated Clare a couple of weeks ago I felt we were in with a great chance of winning the title, but when Cork dethroned the champions it made me think again.

"I knew Limerick were quietly confident they could winbeat Cork with the team they had, but Cork pulled out all the stops and won well in the finish."

Fintan Gould returns to the Cork minor football team for Saturday's All-Ireland quarter-final tie with Galway at Cusack Park, Ennis (2.30pm).

The Macroom youngster has been out of action for over eight weeks after being injured in a club game, but he's back to strengthen the Cork attack which failed dismally to Kerry in the recent Munster final. Stephen Bermingham is the player to lose out.

The selectors have also made a change in personnel in defence. Gearóid O'Shea takes over from Paul Murphy at left half back. Positional switches see Stephen O'Donoghue move to full back while Eoin Cadogan takes over from Niall Horgan at centre back with the team captain dropping back to left corner.

In the full forward line, Paul Kerrigan move into the left corner.

Galway won't name their team until tomorrow night.

Mayo are without full back Keith Higgins who has glandular fever which is going to make it that bit harder for the beaten Connacht finalists to defeat Kerry in the second game at Cusack Park (3.45pm).

Kerry are concerned about the fitness of Jersey Houlihan who didn't start against Cork in the Munster final.

CORK (U-21 HC v Tipperary): M. Coleman (Ballinhassig); S. Murphy (Erins), J. O'Brien (Milford), B. Murphy (Bride Rovers); G. Callinan (Glen Rovers), J. Gardiner (Na Piarsaigh), C. O'Connor (Erins Own); P. Tierney (Blackrock), K. Hartnett (Russell Rovers); S. O'Sullivan (Na Piarsaigh), K. Murphy (Erins Own), F. Murphy (Erins Own); S. Ó hAilpín (Na Piarsaigh), D. O'Riordan (Inniscarra), K. Murphy (Sarsfields).

TIPPERARY (U21H v Cork): V Doheny (Mullinahone), E Buckley (Drom/Inch), J Devane (Clonoulty/Rossmore), M Phelan (Ballybacon/Grange), M Maher (Borrisoleigh), D Fitzgerald (Roscrea), H Moloney (Éire Óg Nenagh), E Ryan (Moycarkey/Borris), P Buckley (Emly), T Scroope (Burgess), F Devanney (Toomevara), M Farrell (Killenaule), E Kelly (Mullinahone -Captain), J O'Brien (Toomevara), R O'Brien (Éire Óg Anacarty)

Subs: J Ryan (Boherlahan/Dualla), D Kennedy (Clonoulty/Rossmore), E Hanley (Lattin/Cullen), N Ryan (Portroe), J Caesar (Killenaule), D Bourke (Loughmore-Castleiney), C O'Mahoney (Newport), A O'Neill

(Cappawhite), D Maher (Boherlahan-Dualla)

CORK (MF v Galway): J. Down (Kilmurry); C. Barrett (Ballincollig), S. O'Donoghue (do.), N. Horgan (St. Nicholas); M. Shields (St. Finbarrs), E. Cadogan (Douglas), G. O'Shea (Nemo Rangers); A. O'Connor (St. Colms), P. Kelly (Ballincollig); J. Hayes (Carbery Rangers), F. Gould (Macroom), B. Cotter (Ballincollig); D. Goulding (Eire Og), C. Weste (Ballincollig), P. Kerrigan (Nemo Rangers).

Subs: D. Moynihan (Aghabullogue), P. Murphy (St. Finbarrs), S. McCarthy (Eire Og), M. Milner (Sam Maguires), J. O'Sullivan (St. Finbarrs), S. Bermingham (Douglas), P. O'Shea (Nemo Rangers), J. Shanahan (Shamrocks), H. Curran (Newcestown).

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