The Rebel minors are closing in on a Munster final slot

The Rebel minors are closing in on a Munster final slot
Ethan Twomey has impressed for the minors to date. Picture: INPHO/James Crombie

THERE is just one change on the Cork minor hurling team for tomorrow night’s Munster championship clash with Waterford at Páirc Uí Chaoimh, at 5pm.

Iassc Walsh from Lisgoold replaces Colm Walsh in attack with the Kanturk youngster on the bench.

Cork go into the game on the back of victory over Tipperary and a draw with Limerick and a victory here could see them secure a place in the provincial final.

That would be the case if they win along with Clare, who play Limerick on Sunday. It's only the top two that emerge from Munster at minor level.

The two sides would then be pencilled in to collide in the final, two weeks after they meet in the final round-robin game next Sunday week.

Cork, with home advantage, will start favourites against a Waterford team that lies bottom of the group with just one point.

Cork required an injury-time point from a free from Darragh Flynn in the Gaelic Grounds to secure the draw and they are now in a very advantageous position with two games left. Team boss John Considine will want a continuation of their positive form and he has a very balanced group of players at his disposal, including Ciarán Joyce, Jack Cahalane, Luke Horgan, Ethan Twomey and Shane Kingston, the Ballinora version.

Limerick's Diarmuid Hegarty is beaten to the sliotar by Ciarán Joyce. Picture: INPHO/James Crombie
Limerick's Diarmuid Hegarty is beaten to the sliotar by Ciarán Joyce. Picture: INPHO/James Crombie

Meanwhile, the Cork senior team will be announced at 9pm tonight with the management having a full hand to choose from.

Conor Lehane is fit, but whether he starts or not remains to be seen. If he was held in reserve after being injured in the Limerick game, Alan Cadogan would be his obvious replacement.

CORK MINORS: B Saunderson (Midleton); S Kingston (Ballinora), C McCarthy (Blackrock), C O’Brien (St Catherine’s); C McCarthy (Oliver Plunkett’s), C Joyce (Castlemartyr), B O’Sullivan (Kanturk); E Twomey (St Finbarr’s), L Horgan (Glen Rovers); P O’Riordan (Tracton), D Flynn (Ballygiblin), D Hogan (Sars); C McCarthy (Sars), J Cahalane (St Finbarr’s), I Walsh (Lisgoold).

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