Cork hurling management keep faith with the winning side for trip to Clare

Cork hurling management keep faith with the winning side for trip to Clare
Anthony Nash. Picture: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

THE Cork management have kept faith with the team that defeated Waterford for Sunday's clash at Cusack Park.

That means Shane Kingston and Conor Lehane remain on the bench, with the in-form Alan Cadogan and the hard-working Aidan Walsh leading the line alongside Patrick Horgan.

There is one change to the squad, with Conor Cahalane included alongside his brother Damien among the subs.

The Rebels head to Ennis for the 2pm throw-in knowing vicory in their last round robin game will guarantee them at least a position in the All-Ireland qualifiers.

There are a number of premutations but if Cork win and Tipp beat Limerick in Thurles, it'll set up an Old Firm Munster final at Páirc Uí Chaoimh. However a victory for the All-Ireland champions would leave them in an ideal position.

The Banner, hammered in recent weeks by Tipp and Limerick, need a victory on home turf coupled with a Limerick victory to come third in Munster.

While Clare are searching for form, and have only beaten Cork once in nine league and championship games in six seasons, there could still be a sting in the tail.

John Meyler and his selectors have significant bench options should they need them, from Lehane and Kingston to Stephen McDonnell, Chris Joyce, Robbie O'Flynn, Deccie Dalton and Tim O'Mahony.

CORK (v Clare): A Nash; S O’Donoghue, E Cadogan, N O’Leary; R Downey, M Ellis, M Coleman; B Cooper, D Fitzgibbon; D Kearney, S Harnedy, L Meade; A Cadogan, P Horgan, A Walsh.

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