Cork hurlers opt for Conor Cahalane to add a physical edge in attack

Alan Cadogan drops to the bench, while selectors have resisted temptation to start Shane Barrett or Alan Connolly
Cork hurlers opt for Conor Cahalane to add a physical edge in attack

Cork’s Conor Cahalane scores the first goal against Galway in the league. Picture: INPHO/Ryan Byrne

THE CORK hurlers have reshaped the attack for the All-Ireland hurling quarter-final on Saturday against Dublin, live from Semple Stadium at 7pm on Sky Sports.

Alan Cadogan, who was replaced at half-time in last weekend's win over Clare, is among the subs, with Conor Cahalane coming in at wing-forward.

The hard-working St Finbarr's attacker will wear the number 10 geansái, having started in the same role in the Munster semi-final loss against Limerick. Cahalane is from the same 2015 minor crop as Darragh Fitzgibbon, Mark Coleman, Shane Kingston and co.

Cork's Conor Cahalane celebrates after the game with Tim O'Mahony last weekend. Picture: INPHO/Tommy Dickson
Cork's Conor Cahalane celebrates after the game with Tim O'Mahony last weekend. Picture: INPHO/Tommy Dickson

Cahalane never hit full tilt against Limerick but did get fouled for a first-half penalty. He offers an abrasive presence for Cork up front, especially against the power of Dublin.

It means Shane Barrett and Alan Connolly, scorers of 1-2 between them in the Banner victory, are on the bench. 

Seamus Harnedy is named at centre-forward here, with Jack O'Connor and Patrick Horgan either side of Shane Kingston inside.

Shane Kingston of Cork gets past Conor Cleary of Clare. Picture: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Shane Kingston of Cork gets past Conor Cleary of Clare. Picture: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Eoin Cadogan, injury, and Damien Cahalane, appendix, are still out, with Kieran Kingston and his selectors sticking with the back six that impressed in the last qualifier, Robert Downey anchoring the side at full-back. 

Declan Dalton, plagued with injuries lately, is back in the squad, as is Na Piarsaigh's Daire Connery. Bill Cooper and Tadhg Deasy, who both came on late against Clare, are unavailable.

CORK v Dublin:

Patrick Collins (Ballinhassig); 

Niall O'Leary (Castlelyons), Robert Downey (Glen Rovers), Seán O'Donoghue (Inniscarra);

Tim O'Mahony (Newtownshandrum), Mark Coleman (Blarney), Ger Millerick (Fr O'Neill's);

Darragh Fitzgibbon (Charleville), Luke Meade (Newcestown); 

Conor Cahalane (St Finbarr's), Seamus Harnedy (St Ita's), Robbie O'Flynn (Erin's Own); 

Jack O'Connors (Sarsfields), Shane Kingston (Douglas), Patrick Horgan (Glen Rovers, c).

Subs: Ger Collins (Ballinhassig), Sean O'Leary Hayes (Midleton), Colm Spillane (Castlelyons), Niall Cashman (Blackrock), Daire Connery (Na Piarsaigh), Billy Hennessy (St Finbarr's), Shane Barrett (Blarney), Alan Cadogan (Douglas), Alan Connolly (Blackrock), Seán Twomey (Courcey Rovers), Declan Dalton (Fr O'Neill's). 

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