Cork U20s are unchanged for the Munster final tie with Kerry on Wednesday night

Cork U20s are unchanged for the Munster final tie with Kerry on Wednesday night
Cork manager Keith Ricken has named an unchanged side for the game with Kerry tonight.

CORK name an unchanged team for the Munster U20 football final against Kerry in Tralee on Wednesday night at 7.30pm.

It's the same 15 which did duty in the hard-fought 1-12 to 2-7 win over Clare in the semi-final in Miltown-Malbay.

“We've a couple of niggling injuries that we'd be worried about and we've got to be careful with those,” said manager Keith Ricken.

Cork are the defending Munster and All-Ireland champions taking on Kerry in their own back-yard.

“I think you have to give credit where credit is due. 

"Overall, the lads have shown tremendous form throughout the season and their attitude is first class, too.

“We got through a hard game up in Clare on another night we might not have.

“There's a good panel and lads are fighting hard for places, putting their hands up.

“We're happy enough with the way things are going so far.” 

The bookies make Cork the marginal favourites, but there's likely to be precious little between them.

“Every Kerry player has an All-Ireland minor medal and they have plenty of depth, too.

“And they have a new manager, as well, and he will want to put his stamp on things.

“It's always a difficult assignment travelling in the middle of the week.

“These lads have an awful lot on with some doing pre-Leaving Cert exams and others doing college exams.

“You can't take anything for granted, accordingly.” 

The weather is to play a part if the forecast of strong winds and lashing rain is any yardstick.

CORK: J O'Keeffe (Newmarket); C O'Shea (Kilshannig), D O'Mahony (Knocknagree), D Phelan (Aghada); D Buckley (Newcestown), B Foley (Bantry Blues), B Lynch (Douglas); J Lawton (Argideen Rangers), D O'Connell (Kanturk); J Murphy (Éire Óg), A Ó Luasa (Naomh Abán), B Hayes (St Finbarr's); M Cronin (Nemo Rangers), joint captain, F Herlihy (Dohenys), B Murphy (St Vincent's), joint captain. 

Subs: C O'Leary (Douglas), B Curtin (Kilshannig), S Desmond (Clondrohid), E O'Hanlon (Kilshannig), C Corbett (Clyda Rovers), D Hayes (Carbery Rangers), G O'Sullivan (Boherbue), C Russell (Douglas).

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