Rookie keeper White is a surprise call-up to Cork football panel as Cadogan set for return against Mayo

Rookie keeper White is a surprise call-up to Cork football panel as Cadogan set for return against Mayo

Mark White in action for the Cork minors last year. Picture: Eóin Noonan/SPORTSFILE

CORK are expected to include Eoin Cadogan in their team to play Mayo in round 4A of the football qualifiers at the Gaelic Grounds tomorrow at 5pm.

The Douglas player is tipped to start his first game in almost a year following a run of injuries, which restricted his involvement to a cameo role against Kerry in the recent Munster final.

Eoin Cadogan. Picture: Cody Glenn/Sportsfile
Eoin Cadogan. Picture: Cody Glenn/Sportsfile

Cork are due to announce their team later this evening with further changes anticipated.

Niall Coakley, the former Carrigaline player now lining out with St Jude's in Dublin, is definitely out with a leg injury, which is set to sideline him for another few weeks.

He started in place of the selected Colm O'Neill in Killarney, but it was the in-form Donncha O'Connor, who replaced Coakley for the second-half.

Injuries to Michael Shields, Jim Loughrey and Ruairí Deane, who were all substituted against Kerry, have cleared according to manager Peadar Healy.

“They all took part in full-training in the build-up though Peter Kelleher hasn't done much after suffering a concussion in a club game,” he told the Echo.

As is the norm, there's a lot of speculation over a number of positions, including goalkeeper after Clonakilty's Mark White was called into the panel.

He played with Cork minors last season, but lines-out at midfield for Clon at U21 level.

White's call-up resulted in the postponement of the Clon-St Michael's replay during the week.

The unrelated O'Driscolls, Colm and Barry, are said to be in with a shout of starting.

Colm replaced Shields early in the second-half against Kerry while Barry was an unused substitute.

Healy identified Mayo's attacking half-back line of Lee Keegan, Colm Boyle and Keith Higgins and midfielder Aidan O'Shea as Cork's main threats.

“Mayo looked to be back in championship-mode in the second-half of their last game against Clare,” he said.

It's the first time the counties meet in the qualifiers. Mayo won the last encounter between the teams, the 2014 All-Ireland quarter-final, squeezing home by 1-19 to 2-15.

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