FR O’Neill’s young gun Ger Millerick has been handed his first start of the league in Saturday's play-off against Kilkenny at Nowlan Park.
The bottom sides in Division 1A of the league meet on Noreside in what is a meaningless game as the top tier and Division 1B are being amalgamated for 2020.
That has given Rebel boss John Meyler and his selectors the scope to offer Millerick an opportunity at midfield alongside Bill Cooper, while Robbie O’Flynn is also in from throw-in for the first time this year.
Millerick was a member of the 2017 minor unit that reached the All-Ireland final and has plenty of big-game experience for his club, divisional side Imokilly, and in the Harty Cup with Midleton CBS. He is a utility player and capable of man-marking as well as play-making.
Kanturk’s Darren Brown continues in the corner-back role, while Glen Rovers’ wing-back Robert Downey gets a chance ahead of Chris Joyce.
Mark Coleman and Shane Kingston, who were tied up on Fitzgibbon Cup duty for UCC, are also included, while Darragh Fitzgibbon is on the bench.
Seamus Harnedy, who was red-carded against Tipperary last weekend, won’t be involved, even though the CCCC ruled he was available for this tie but must miss the championship opener against Tipperary in May.
Cork will appeal this decision on the grounds that the play-off should count as a proper match in the campaign.
CORK (v Kilkenny): Anthony Nash; Seán O’Donoghue, Damien Cahalane, Darren Browne; Robert Downey, Tim O’Mahony, Mark Coleman; Bill Cooper, Ger Millerick; Daniel Kearney, Robbie O’Flynn, Luke Meade; Conor Lehane, Aidan Walsh, Shane Kingston.