Sunday 26 February 2017

Cork boost as veteran trio get the nod

Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

CORK welcome back All Star Graham Canty, Anthony Lynch and first-choice goalkeeper Alan Quirke for their first appearances of the season for this weekend's clash with Mayo.

Conor Counihan is without the likes of Nicholas Murphy and Pierce O'Neill up front, but Aidan Walsh is given a midfield spot beside Derek Kavanagh. Former U-21 stars Colm O'Neill and Ciaran Sheehan make up two-thirds of the full-forward line and Kevin McMahon starts in a half-forward line that sees Donncha O'Connor return.

Mayo have delayed naming their team as both midfielder Ronan McGarrity and their league top scorer Enda Varley need late fitness tests, but Alan Dillon will definitely be back.

Tyrone manager Mickey Harte is boosted by the return of wing-back Philip Jordan while Ryan McMenamin starts at left corner-back and Cathal McCarron drops to the bench for the clash with Dublin. Up front, Brian McGuigan replaces younger brother Tommy, Sean Cavanagh starts at full-forward and Mark Donnelly replaces Owen Mulligan, out with a back injury.

There is no place for Matty Forde against Antrim despite his recent return to training in the Wexford team.

Laois have received a boost ahead of their clash with Down with the return to the county panel of Padraig Clancy, who had opted out of the squad this year, declaring he no longer had "the hunger" for inter-county football.

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