Injury-hit Cork set to revamp squad while Kerry seniors and Rebel minors name their teams

Injury-hit Cork set to revamp squad while Kerry seniors and Rebel minors name their teams
Paul Kerrigan on the breaks from Kerry's Paul Geaney and Gavin White. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

CORK have been hit by injuries and are expected to name a revamped 26-man squad later today for the Munster football final against Kerry at Pairc Ui Chaoimh tomorrow at 7pm.

The starting 15 is unlikely to be finalised until close to the throw-in.

James O’Donoghue is out of the Kerry team. The star forward is replaced by Dara Moynihan, who makes his championship debut, in one of four changes from the side, which defeated Clare by 1-15 to 0-12 in the semi-final.

O’Donoghue, a goal-scorer in last year’s final, has been unable to shake off a hamstring injury. He was replaced by Tommy Walsh in the Clare game and is out of the 26-strong panel altogether.

David Clifford of Kerry in action against Ruairí Deane of Cork. Picture: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
David Clifford of Kerry in action against Ruairí Deane of Cork. Picture: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

New Kerry manager Peter Keane makes two alterations to the half-back line with Paul Murphy and Gavin White starting on the flanks instead of Shane Enright and Gavin Crowley respectively.

The other change is at midfield, where Jack Barry is the new partner for David Moran with Adrian Spillane losing out.

It will be a first provincial final appearance for goalkeeper Shane Ryan and right half-forward Diarmuid O’Connor.

KERRY: S Ryan; J Foley, T Morley, T O’Sullivan; P Murphy, J Sherwood, G White; D Moran, J Barry; D O’Connor, S O’Shea, S O’Brien; D Clifford, P Geaney, D Moynihan. 

Subs: B Kelly, G Crowley, A Spillane, M Griffin, S Enright, T Walsh, B O Beaglaoich, M Burns, G O’Sullivan, K Spillane, G O’Brien.

Minor captain Conor Corbett. Picture: Eddie O'Hare
Minor captain Conor Corbett. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

Meanwhile, Cork make three changes in personnel and a series of positional switches for the minor final against Kerry at 4.30pm.

Tadhg O’Donoghue (Carrignavar) comes in at wing-back, Keelan Scannell (Carbery Rangers) at midfield and dual player Jack Cahalane (Castlehaven) at left corner-forward from the team which defeated Clare by 3-9 to 0-14 in the semi-final.

Kerry are due to name their team at lunchtime today and have already defeated Cork in the round-robin phase.

CORK: A O’Brien (Mitchelstown); S Andrews (Shamrocks), D Linehan (Castlemagnier), D Peet (Clonakilty); T O’Donoghue (Carrignavar), N Lordan (Ballinora), J O’Shea (Urhan); J Lawton (Argideen Rangers), K Scannell (Carbery Rangers); H Murphy (Éire Óg), C Corbett (Clyda Rovers, c), A Walsh-Murphy (Valley Rovers); R O’Donovan (Barryroe), P Campbell (Nemo Rangers), J Cahalane (Castlehaven). 

Subs: C O’Leary (Douglas), N Gough (Bishopstown), L Murphy (Cullen), C O’Sullivan (Kilshannig), S Aherne (Douglas), K O’Driscoll (Gabriel Rangers), A O’Hare (Douglas), M O’Neill (Buttevant), E Nash (Douglas).

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