Cork travel to face Galway in the Allianz NHL on Sunday and boss Jimmy Barry-Murphy has made a raft of changes for the game, a total of five alterations since the win over Dublin.
William Kearney, twin brother of midfielder Daniel, makes his league debut as he comes in at corner-back for his Sarsfields clubmate Conor O’Sullivan. Stephen McDonnell replaces Christopher Joyce at full-back, while Brian Lawton comes in at left half-forward for Robert O’Shea.
The other two switches are in the full-forward line, Stephen Moylan and Paudie O’Sullivan selected, Alan Cadogan and Luke O’Farrell out.
Barry-Murphy, meanwhile, is expecting a tough battle. “They beat Clare, lost narrowly to Tipperary and beat Kilkenny as well. They’re also playing at home in Pearse Stadium, which is always a tough venue to go to.
“We’re up against it but we’re going well and I’d hope that the players can build on the last couple of results. The panel is developing the way we want it to, there’s competition for places and that’s what we set out to do.”
Barry-Murphy was speaking at the launch of the RedFM SHL and he believes the competition can be used as a springboard for those looking to make an intercounty impact.
“It has been a huge success over the last number of years. The clubs take great pride in it and put out their best teams in it, where possible we make the Cork players available.
“It’s a great help to us in that we players when they’re playing. If a player stands out for his club in these games, we certainly wouldn’t be slow to pick him again.”
JBM has also backed Christopher Joyce to make a full recovery from his cruciate ligament injury. Joyce was forced off in last Saturday evening’s Allianz HL win over Dublin in Croke Park and a scan revealed his cruciate to have been damaged. He is likely to miss the remainder of the year but Barry-Murphy believes he will be back in the red shirt before long.
“It’s very disappointing for Christopher,” he said, “he had been going great for us. It put a bit of a dampener on the weekend, certainly.
“He’s a young man, he has his full career ahead of him, please God, hopefully we’ll have him back as soon as we can. You can talk about five or six months, but that’s into September.
“You never know with these things. It’s a serious injury and it needs to be monitored properly and a recovery procedure put in place. He’s a tremendously dedicated young man and he’ll come back in great shape.”
The Cork footballers make only one change for their trip to Tyrone as goalkeeper Micheál Martin, son of the Fianna Fáil leader, comes in for Ken O’Halloran. Coincidentally, the Cork full-back and captain Michael Shields is also the son of a Fianna Fáil public representative, as his mother Mary is the Lord Mayor of Cork.
Despite the 11-point loss to Cork, the Kerry management have opted against wholesale changes for their clash with Donegal, a repeat of last year’s All-Ireland final. There are three adjustments to the team, as Peter Crowley and Killian Young come into defence for Jack Sherwood and Fionn Fitzgerald, while Paul Geaney returns from injury to replace his cousin Michael, who has a back strain.
Mayo welcome Dublin to Elverys MacHale Park tomorrow night and there are five changes since beating Derry. Robert Hennelly returns in goal, U21s Patrick Durcan and Diarmuid O’Connor are back in, Donal Vaughan is back from injury and Alan Freeman is also included. Kenneth O’Malley, Ger Cafferkey, Danny Kirby, Micheál Forde and the injured Cillian O’Connor are the players to miss out.
Tyrone have three changes since drawing with Dublin in Croke Park last week. Cathal McCarron (hamstring) and Barry Tierney (ankle) are ruled out through injury, with Dwayne Quinn and Ryan McKenna their respective replacements. Connor McAliskey for Cathal McShane is the other switch.
CORK (FL v Tyrone): M Martin; J Loughrey, M Shields, Tom Clancy (Clonakilty); Tomás Clancy (Fermoy), S O’Donoghue, J O’Sullivan; E Cadogan, F Goold; K O’Driscoll, J O’Rourke, C O’Driscoll; C O’Neill, M Collins, B Hurley.
Subs: K O’Halloran, C Dorman, N Galvin, D O’Connor, P Kerrigan, D Goulding, D Óg Hodnett, J Hayes, B O’Driscoll.
KERRY (FL v Donegal): B Kealy; P Kilkenny, M Griffin, P Murphy; J Lyne, P Crowley, K Young; A Maher, D Moran; S O’Brien, B Sheehan, J Buckley; P Geaney, K Donaghy, B J Keane.
Subs: B Kelly, J Sherwood, F Fitzgerald, T Walsh, A Fitzgerald, S Enright, P O’Connor, P O’Donoghue, P O’Connor, K O’Leary, D Casey.
MAYO (FL v Dublin): R Hennelly; T Cunniffe, K Keane, K Higgins; L Keegan, C Boyle, P Durcan; S O’Shea, D Vaughan; K McLoughlin, A O’Shea, D O’Connor; M Ronaldson, A Freeman, J Doherty.
TYRONE (FL v Cork): N Morgan; A McCrory, R McNamee, D Quinn; R McNabb, J McMahon, P Harte; C Cavanagh, P McNulty; T McCann, M Donnelly, R McKenna; D McCurry, S Cavanagh, C McAliskey.
ARMAGH (FL v Clare): N Geoghegan; M McConville, C Vernon, M Murray; C McKeever, F Moriarty, A Mallon; A Findon, P Carragher; T Kernan, M McKenna, A Forker; J Clarke, E Rafferty, A Murnin.
CORK (HL v Galway): A Nash; S O’Neill, S McDonnell, W Kearney; L McLoughlin, M Ellis, C Murphy; D Kearney, Aidan Walsh; C Lehane, S Harnedy, B Lawton; S Moylan, P O’Sullivan, P Horgan. Subs: P Collins, C McCarthy, L O’Farrell, A Cadogan, R O’Shea, C O’Sullivan, B O’Sullivan, K Burke, D McCarthy, Andy Walsh, A Spillane.
WEXFORD (HL v Laois): N Breen; L Ryan, T Waters, E Moore; P Foley, M O’Hanlon, A Shore; D Redmond, L Chin; D O’Keeffe, D Waters, I Byrne; L Óg McGovern, C McDonald, H Kehoe. Subs: M Fanning, A Nolan, E Conroy, C Devitt, G Sinnott, P Doran, É Martin, W Devereux, K Foley, R Kehoe, J Kelly.
KERRY (HL v Carlow): J Logue; T Casey, B Murphy, D Fitzell; S Weir, D Dineen, D Collins; J Griffin, P Kelly; M O’Leary, S Nolan, C Harty; M Boyle, P Boyle, J Egan. Subs: S Murphy, P Costelloe, R Horgan, P Lucid, G O’Grady, B O’Leary, A Royle, D Shanahan.
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