Close affair for Croker
Published 30/08/2000 | 00:11
CORK and defending champions Tipperary line-out in Sunday's All-Ireland Foras na Gaelige final at Croke Park with a close encounter on the cards.
The Tipp selectors have made one change from their semi-final victory against Galway by bringing in 14-year-old Clare Grogan for Gráinne Shanahan at left corner-forward with Caitríona Hennessey moving out to left half-forward from the corner.
Cork stick with the same 15 from their semi-final victory over Wexford, but make a number of positional changes.
Left half-forward Caoimhe Harrington moves to centre forward in a switch with Fiona O'Driscoll while Una O'Donoghue and Elaine Burker switch corners in attack.
When the two met in the National League final in May, Cork pulled away with a goal from super-sub Ciara Healy, but Cork manager Tom Nott is predicting a close affair in Cork's 34th All-Ireland final.
``These are two very even teams, and there will be very little in it in the end. Tipperary have very skilful players, and their younger girls have blended in well.''
In a match that promises everything, could we be looking at our first All-Ireland final draw in 19 years?
The All-Ireland Junior final brings together defending champions Cork and Derry in a repeat of last year's final, which Cork won.