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Evan Sheehan. Picture: Ray McManus/Sportsfile
Evan Sheehan. Picture: Ray McManus/Sportsfile

Cork minor hurlers name attacking aces Turnbull and Sheehan against Galway despite injury concerns

CORK'S marquee forwards Brian Turnbull and Evan Sheehan have been named in the starting 15 to face the Galway minors in Sunday's All-Ireland final.

The pair were huge doubts in the build-up, Sheehan due to damage his medial knee ligament which forced him to miss the semi-final against Dublin, while Turnbull injured his hamstring lining out for Douglas. However, the Cork management have named the talented duo for the eagerly-awaited clash, with Sheehan returning to the line-up ahead of Brian Buckley, who drops to the bench.

The clash with the Tribe, at 1.15pm in Croke Park and live on TG4, is the county's first minor hurling final since 2007, with Denis Ring's charges looking to bridge a gap to the last victory in 2001.

Ring was the coach then, with current U17 boss John Considine the manager, of a star-studded line-up that included Kieran 'Fraggie' Murphy, Setanta Ó hAilpín, John Gardiner and Tomás O'Leary. In terms of potential, Turnbull and Sheehan are on a par with the key figures from the '01 triumph, but the danger is both could end up limping out of action at Croker.

Brian Turnbull. Picture: Ray McManus/Sportsfile
Brian Turnbull. Picture: Ray McManus/Sportsfile

Cork failed to impress in their last game against Dublin, when Turnbull's haul of 13 points was decisive, but are now firmly focused on performing on the big stage this time. They excelled in the Munster championship, blitzing Waterford and Clare, in the provincial final, and edging Tipp after a replay across two epic games.

It's already been an excellent few months for Cork underage hurling, with the U17s winning the inaugural All-Ireland at that grade last month, before minor drops from under 18 to under 17 next year. 

Seven of the U17 squad are included in the panel of 24 against Galway, five starters in Eoin and Brian Roche, Conor O'Callaghan, Aaron Walsh Barry and Daire Connery, as well as subs Ronan Sheehan and Colin O'Brien. The U17s pipped the Tribe in a cracking semi-final of that competition in July, O'Brien the