CLONAKILTY brothers, Sean and Mark White, have been selected on the Cork team to play Clare in the McGrath Cup final in Mallow tomorrow, throw-in, 4pm.
Mark’s inclusion in goal instead of Ryan Price, for his senior debut, is one of eight changes from the side, which overcame Waterford by 2-18 to 0-7 in the opening game in Dungarvan last Sunday.
Three other alterations come in defence, where Sam Ryan (St Finbarr’s), also making his debut, Padraig Clancy (Fermoy) and Cian Kiely (Ballincollig) start while there’s a new midfield partnership of Jamie O’Sullivan (Bishopstown), who captains the side, and Dan O’Callaghan (Clyda Rovers).
In attack Kevin Crowley (Millstreet), more accustomed to playing in defence, is listed at centre-forward with Michael Hurley (Castlehaven) on the left flank.
Coach Ronan McCarthy is experimenting with a couple of positional switches in other areas, too.
Mark White, centre-back against Waterford, is named at right half-forward with Mark Collins (Castlehaven) handed the number 14 role.
Clancy, Kiely, O’Callaghan and Hurley were brought in as substitutes last week.
Cork also have picked a very strong bench, featuring last week’s captain, Ian Maguire (St Finbarr’s), Ruairi Deane (Bantry Blues), John O’Rourke (Carbery Rangers) and Sean Powter (Douglas).
CORK: M White (Clonakilty); S Ryan (St Finbarr’s), C Dorman (Bishopstown), M McSweeney (Newcestown); P Clancy (Fermoy), K Flahive (Douglas), C Kiely (Ballincollig); J O’Sullivan (Bishopstown), captain, D O’Callaghan (Clyda Rovers); S White (Clonakilty), K Crowley (Millstreet), M Hurley (Castlehaven); C Vaughan (Iveleary), M Collins (Castlehaven), S Sherlock (St Finbarr’s).
Subs: A Casey (Kiskeam), S Wilson (Douglas), D Quinn (St Finbarr’s), M Taylor (Mallow), I Maguire (St Finbarr’s), R Deane (Bantry Blues), S Powter (Douglas), J O’Rourke (Carbery Rangers), C Dorgan (Ballincollig).
Meanwhile, the Cork hurlers have selected a team of rookies to take the trip to Kerry this Sunday for their last Munster Senior League game before the league opener at home to Kilkenny on January 27.
John Meyler had picked a stronger line-up for Wednesday's Canon O'Brien Cup clash with UCC in the Mardyke, which was cancelled due to the heavy rain.