Three of Cork's original starting 15 are ruled out of Kerry clash

Three of Cork's original starting 15 are ruled out of Kerry clash
Eoghan McSweeney. Picture: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

CORK’S injury woes deepened with three more players falling by the wayside ahead of the Munster final against Kerry at Pairc Ui Chaoimh tomorrow at 7pm.

Coach Ronan McCarthy has lost centre-back Tom Clancy (Clonakilty), right half-forward Eoghan McSweeney (Knocknagree) and left half-forward John O’Rourke (Carbery Rangers).

Cork had already been deprived of defenders Sam Ryan and Conor Dennehy (St Finbarr’s), as well as Kevin Crowley (Millstreet), along long-term hamstring victim Sean Powter (Douglas).

The trio were named in the starting 15 earlier in the week only to be injured in training on Tuesday evening and are now ruled out.

They are replaced in a new-look 26-man panel by Sean White (Clonakilty), Peter Murphy (Bandon) and Paul Walsh (Kanturk).

The team is not expected to be finalised until close to the throw-in.

Clancy’s absence from the heart of the defence robs the side of a powerful physical presence while McSweeney’s finishing ability was a big plus from the league campaign. O’Rourke would have brought experience and guile to the team.

CORK (panel): M White (Clonakilty), N Walsh (Douglas), J Loughrey (Mallow), K Flahive (Douglas), L O'Donovan (Clonakilty), S White (do), M Taylor (Mallow), I Maguire (St Finbarr's), captain, K O'Hanlon (Kilshannig), P Kerrigan (Nemo Rangers), R Deane (Bantry Blues), K O’Driscoll (Tadhg MacCarthaighs), M Collins (Castlehaven), B Hurley (do), S Sherlock (St Finbarr’s), MA Martin (Nemo Rangers), K O'Donovan (do), P Murphy (Bandon), A Browne (Newmarket), S Cronin (Nemo Rangers), C Kiely (Ballincollig), T Clancy (Fermoy), P Walsh (Kanturk), R O’Toole (Eire Og), M Hurley (Castlehaven), L Connolly (Nemo Rangers).

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