Kerrigan drops to the bench for footballers' vital Tyrone clash with McSweeney and Powter included as subs

Kerrigan drops to the bench for footballers' vital Tyrone clash with McSweeney and Powter included as subs
Paul Kerrigan is named as sub this Saturday. Picture: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

THE Cork footballers have included Killian O'Hanlon in the starting line-up for the programme for Saturday's Super 8 clash with Tyrone, with Paul Kerrigan going to the bench.

Kerrigan started in the 13-point loss to Dublin last weekend and clipped over 0-3 in a very impressive display. 

However, O'Hanlon, excellent in the Munster final against Kerry, is back at midfield having missed out against the Dubs after a nasty tackle forced him off in the qualifier demolition of Laois.

Nemo attacker Kerrigan carried a pile of ball in Croke Park last Saturday but Tyrone will clog up the channels far more as they've had a classic blanket-defence approach all season. 

The Red Hand are hot favourites to end Cork's prospects of reaching the All-Ireland semi-final given they blitzed the Rebels last summer and were convincing winners away to Roscommon in their Super 8 opener.

Cork manager Ronan McCarthy and his selectors are boosted by the availability of Seán Powter and Eoghan McSweeney as well as O'Hanlon.

Powter, an All-Star nominee and International Rules panellist in 2017, has been dogged by hamstring injuries for the past 18 months. Eoghan McSweeney, Knocknagree, curled over 0-3 in the Munster semi-final against Limerick after a promising league but has been absent since with a hip problem.

Powter's hard running and McSweeney's distance shooting would add to the Rebels' options if they can take the Tyrone tie down to the wire. 

They were well in contention against the Dubs until a lightning strike of 3-1 in four minutes of the last quarter wiped them out on Jones Road.

CORK (v Tyrone): 

1. Mark White (Clonakilty) 

2. James Loughrey (Mallow) 3. Thomas Clancy (Clonakilty) 4. Kevin Flahive (Douglas) 

5. Liam O' Donovan (Clonakilty) 6. Tomas Clancy (Fermoy) 7. Mattie Taylor (Mallow) 

8. Ian Maguire (St Finbarr's, c) 9. Killian O' Hanlon (Kilshannig) 

10. Kevin O' Driscoll (Tadhg MacCarthaigh) 11. Sean White (Clonakilty) 12. Ruairí Deane (Bantry Blues) 

13. Mark Collins (Castlehaven) 14. Brian Hurley (Castlehaven) 15. Luke Connolly (Nemo Rangers)

Subs: 16. Michael Martin (Nemo Rangers) 17. Kevin O'Donovan (Nemo Rangers) 18. Stephen Cronin (Nemo Rangers) 19. Sean Powter (Douglas) 20. Cian Kiely (Ballincollig) 21. Ronan O'Toole (Éire Óg) 22. Eoghan McSweeney (Knocknagree) 23. John O'Rourke (Carbery Rangers) 24. Paul Kerrigan (Nemo Rangers) 25. Michael Hurley (Castlehaven) 26. Steven Sherlock (St Finbarr's)

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