ANTHONY SEYMOUR and Rory Buckley have been drafted into the Cork football team for tomorrow’s All-Ireland U-21 semi-final clash with Dublin at Semple Stadium.
Bishopstown player Seymour, part of last year’s county U-21 set-up, is named in goals after recovering from a shoulder injury and replaces Darren Farry. Buckley comes in at full-back, a position he filled for the Cork minors two years ago, with Jamie O’Sullivan ruled out with a finger injury.
Ciarán Sheehan is named in attack despite being doubtful with an ankle injury. The Éire Óg man is expected to receive a fitness test before tomorrow’s game. Elsewhere the Cork team is unchanged, with Chris O’Donovan available to line out at midfield as his dismissal in the Munster final was for a second yellow card offence.
Talented wing-back John Cooper is fit to play for Dublin, giving boss Jim Gavin a massive boost. The Na Fianna player picked up a leg injury during the Leinster final against Laois, on April 5, and his training had been restricted in the intervening period. With Cooper cleared to play, Dublin will field an unchanged side,
Meanwhile, Eoin McGrath and Kevin Moran make their first Allianz NHL starts as Waterford take on Cork at Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Sunday. Moran, a member of defeated All-Ireland Club finalists De La Salle. is named at left half back, while McGrath returns from injury to take over is customary right corner forward position.
Tipperary have made seven changes from the side that defeated Galway to qualify for the Allianz NHL final for Sunday’s final group game against Limerick at Semple Stadium, Thurles.
Brendan Cummins again takes over the goalkeeping position. Declan Fanning is recalled at centre-back, while Thomas Stapleton and Benny Dunne form a new midfield partnership.
Gearóid Ryan is named at right half forward with John Devane allocated the centre-half forward berth and Pa Bourke handed the number 13 shirt.
Gary O’Connell and Mark Flaherty make their League debuts with Clare who take on Galway at Cusack Park, Ennis on Sunday. O’Connell, younger brother of Brian’s, is named at midfield, with Flaherty at top of the left.
CORK (U21F v Dublin): A. Seymour (Bishopstown); S. McLoughlin (Kanturk), R. Buckley (Macroom), N. Galvin (Ballincollig); Conor O’Driscoll (Ilen Rovers), A. Walsh (Kanturk), B. Daly (Newmarket); C. O’Donovan (Valley Rovers), K. O’Driscoll (Tadhg MacCárthaigh); C. Sheehan (Éire Óg), S. McCarthy (Douglas), C. O’Driscoll (Tadhg MacCárthaigh); C. O’Neill (Ballyclough), D. Goold (Macroom), P. Honohan (Bishopstown).
DUBLIN (U-21F v Cork): D McDonnell; C Moore, R O’Carroll, H Gill; J Cooper, C O’Sullivan, N Brogan; C Murphy, K Nolan; P O’Connor, L Sweetman, D Kelly; B O’Rourke, P Andrews, D Rock.
TIPPERARY (SH v Limerick): B. Cummins; P. Stapleton, P. Curran, C. O’Brien; P. Maher, D. Fanning, S. Maher; T. Stapleton, B. Dunne; G. Ryan, J. Devane, L. Corbett; P. Bourke, J. O’Brien, P. Maher.
WATERFORD (SH v Cork): F. Hennessy; E. Murphy, A. Kearney, N. Collins; R. Foley, M. Walsh, K. Moran; S. O’Sullivan, S. Molumphy; J. Nagle, S. Prendergast, E. Kelly; E. McGrath, G. Hurney, J. Mullane.
CLARE (SH v Galway): P.Kelly; C.McMahon, C. Cooney, G. O’Grady; P. Donnellan, B. Bugler, A. Markham; B. O’Connell, G. O’Connell; T. Carmody, D. Barrett, D. McMahon; J. Clancy, T. Griffen, M. Flaherty.
WEXFORD (SH v Carlow): D. Flynn; M. Travers, P. Roche, A. O’Connell; M. Jacob, S. Nolan, S. Stamp; D. Redmond, C. Kenny; D. Lyng, A. Shore, P. Carley; R. Jacob, S.Banville, P. Kenny.
GALWAY (SH v Clare): J. Skehill; D. Joyce, S. Kavanagh, O. Canning; R. Murray, E. Lynch, A. Cullinane; K. Hines, F. Healy; N. Hayes, K. Hayes, A. Callinan; D. Hayes, J. Tammion, N. Healy.
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