Hoops’ star Downey is called into Cork side for Kerry final clash

Hoops’ star Downey is called into Cork side for Kerry final clash

Roy Downey playing basketball for Demons. Picture: Jim Coughlan.

CORK make one change from the semi-final win over Waterford for this evening’s Munster junior football final against the holders Kerry at Páirc Uí Rinn, throw-in, 7.30pm.

Roy Downey (Delanys), who scored three points following his introduction against the Déise, retains his place at left half-forward.

Downey is better known as a basketball, originally with Neptune and more recently in the SuperLeague with UCC Demons, though he also helped Delanys to City Division glory, and lined out for Seandún in the SFC.

There are also a couple of newcomers to the bench with Mattie Taylor (Mallow) and Ronan O’Callaghan (Fermoy) called up for a repeat of last season’s decider, won by Kerry by 0-14 to 0-13 in Tralee.

Cork started sluggishly against Waterford, but improved considerably in the second-half to run out convincing winners by 3-21 to 0-9.

The goals came from wing-back John Cronin (Lisgoold), Eoghan Buckley (St Michael’s) and Seamus Hickey (Rockchapel).

Cork are looking for their first title since 2013, when they also won the All-Ireland.

Kerry, the defending All-Ireland champions, have named the same side which strolled to a 0-26 to 0-8 semi-final win over Limerick and it includes renowned finishers, Conor Cox and Killian Spillane.

CORK: A Casey (Kiskeam); K Histon (Cobh), P Murphy (Bandon), captain, P Clancy (Fermoy); D O’Regan (St Vincent’s), B Daly (Newmarket), J Cronin (Lisgoold); M O’Leary (Naomh Aban), R O’Toole (Eire Og); R Harkin (Mallow), K O’Hanlon (Kilshannig), R Downey (Delanys); E Buckley (St Michael’s), S Hickey (Rockchapel), A O’Connor (Knocknagree). 

Subs: A Kidney (Passage), M Taylor (Mallow), L O’Neill (Kanturk), J Collins (St Mary’s), D Colfer (Glanworth), ST O’Sullivan (Garnish), M Healy (Kanturk), R O’Callaghan (Fermoy), M Bradley (Aghabullogue).

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