KIERAN Kingston and his management team had some big decisions to make when they sat down to select their starting 15 for tomorrow night’s crucial league encounter with Tipperary.
The Rebels host their great rivals Tipp at Páirc Uí Chaoimh at 7pm, preceded by a camogie league clash between Cork and Waterford. Five of the team that started against Waterford last weekend were back in action on Wednesday night with UCC against UCD in the Fitzgibbon Cup and if they are selected for the game with the All-Ireland champions it will mean they have played three games in six days.
The players involved are Rob Downey, Mark Coleman, Darragh Fitzgibbon, Niall O’Leary and Shane Kingston, who was in top form in all three games to the tune of 3-10 from play.
It’ll highly like some, or indeed all five, will be held in reserve. It’s a difficult juggling act for inter-county managers at this early juncture in the year but it is also an opportunity to test your squad.
With that in mind, the expectation is that there will be some changes tomorrow although Shane Kingston’s confidence must be sky-high with his recent superb form. Alan Cadogan could return while some of the subs that were introduced in Walsh Park could get the nod, Sean O’Leary-Hayes, Luke Meade, Sean Twomey and Robbie O’Flynn.
Colm Spillane may get a starting berth too in the full-back sector after featuring in the Munster League and Declan Dalton could come into the equation too after his journey with Fr O’Neill’s. Subs for UCC against UCD, Michael O’Halloran and Brian Turnbull could be considered too, along with Billy Hennessay.
Meanwhile, centre-back against Waterford, Tim O’Mahony featured in attack for Mary I against UL on Wednesday in the Fitzgibbon Cup and impressed with a return of 0-4 in their extra-time win.
Darren Browne from Kanturk, a senior panellist in recent years, lined out at full-back in the side coached by Jamie Wall, which also featured Kilbrittain’s Philip Wall off the bench. Colin O’Brien was wing-forward, the native of Liscarroll-Churchtown Gaels was an All-Ireland winner at U17 level for Cork in 2017.