Nemo keeper Martin is given his chance for last Super 8 tie against Rossies

Nemo keeper Martin is given his chance for last Super 8 tie against Rossies
Corofin’s Ian Burke with Micheál Aodh Martin of Nemo Rangers. Picture: INPHO/Gary Carr

MICHEÁL Aodh Martin is one of four Nemo Rangers players starting in Cork’s final game of the season against Roscommon in the Super 8s at Páirc Uí Rinn on Sunday at 4pm.

He is joined by centre-back Stephen Cronin along with Paul Kerrigan and Luke Connolly in the inside line.

It will be his championship debut, replacing Mark White within the posts. 

The other major alteration to the line-up from the loss to Tyrone sees Brian Hurley, an injury doubt, drop to the bench with Eoghan McSweeney in for the first time since he kicked three points against Limerick at the start of the summer.

Kerrigan will wear 13 with Seán White going to wing-back in place of fellow Clon man Liam O’Donovan, who had been in top form throughout the summer down the right flank. Tomás Clancy is also missing from the 26-man panel through injury while Seán Powter is unavailable despite making his return against Tyrone from an ongoing hamstring problem.

CORK (v Roscommon): MA Martin (Nemo Rangers); J Loughrey (Mallow), T Clancy (Clonakilty), K Flahive (Douglas); S White (Clonakilty), S Cronin (Nemo Rangers), M Taylor (Mallow); I Maguire (St Finbarr’s), captain, K O’Hanlon (Kilshannig); E McSweeney (Knocknagree), R Deane (Bantry Blues), K O’Driscoll (Tadhg MacCarthaighs); P Kerrigan (Nemo Rangers), M Collins (Castlehaven), L Connolly (Nemo Rangers).

Subs: M White (Clonakilty), P Murphy (Bandon), A Browne (Newmarket), P Walsh (Kanturk), T Corkery (Cill na Martra), C Kiely (Ballincollig) R O’Toole (Éire Óg), J O’Rourke (Carbery Rangers), S Sherlock (St Finbarr’s), M Hurley (Castlehaven), B Hurley (do).

Meanwhile, Cork boss Ronan McCarthy expects up to half-a-dozen of the U20s to make the step-up to his senior panel next season.

Cork play Dublin in the All-Ireland U20 final in Portlaoise tomorrow at 4pm with the team to be made public later tonight.

“I’m not going to name-check the players, but there are five or six fellows who will come into the set-up straight away,” McCarthy said.

But the coach issued a warning about expectations and the need to tread carefully.

“You must still give them time and manage them properly. Obviously, there’s been a lot of talk about some of the players and how good they are which is well deserved.

“But, it’s all about managing them well and putting them into the right games at the right time and giving them time to develop, to fail, have setbacks, drops in form, and all that.

“We are in a nice place at the moment, seem to be going in the right direction, but as I said before not get carried away either.

“Underage achievements help everybody. The lifeblood of any team and it doesn’t matter whether I’m the manager or the next guy in, is competition for places.

“It’s good to have everyone in the team looking over their shoulder to see who’s coming after my place,” McCarthy added.

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