Thursday 21 September 2017

Murphy staying forward for final showdown with Banner

Nicholas Murphy, Cork, in action against Aidan O'Mahony, left, and Johnny Buckley, Kerry. Munster GAA Football Senior Championship, Semi-Final, Cork v Kerry, Pairc Ui Chaoimh, Cork. Photo: Sportsfile
Nicholas Murphy, Cork, in action against Aidan O'Mahony, left, and Johnny Buckley, Kerry. Munster GAA Football Senior Championship, Semi-Final, Cork v Kerry, Pairc Ui Chaoimh, Cork. Photo: Sportsfile
Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

CORK'S Nicholas Murphy is set to reprise his full-forward role in Sunday's Munster football final against Clare.

The midfield regular was a pre-match replacement for the injured Pearse O'Neill in the Rebels' semi-final defeat of Kerry when he lined out at full-forward.

The rangy Carrigaline man has been included in the full-forward line again, named at top of the left, for Sunday's decider in the Gaelic Grounds, but, with Donncha O'Connor named at No 14, it looks likely they'll switch positions before throw-in. The Rebels have no other changes.

Clare's corner-forward Rory O'Donnell (hamstring) is their only injury worry.

The Clare hurlers, gearing up for a do-or-die qualifier against Dublin, are expected to make several changes from the side that lost to Waterford and there is speculation that underage star Tony Kelly, who has just finished his Leaving Cert, is in the running for his senior championship debut.

One of three inter-county footballers who sparked the anger of GAA president Liam O'Neill earlier this week has said there was no intent to the remark he posted on his Twitter account relating to the nature of the latest football qualifier draw.

Meath captain Seamus Kenny, who is recovering from a cruciate ligament operation, has said his suggestion that the draw on Monday morning was "fixed" so that Cavan would play Kildare was a "harmless, throwaway remark" that shouldn't have been taken seriously.

"I think it has been taken out of context," he said. "No one is seriously suggesting it was fixed. It was said tongue in cheek, with an exclamation mark. I thought that would make it pretty clear that it was banter."

However, Kenny admitted that he understood why the remark may have caused offense.

"It was ill-advised and I wouldn't like to cause any controversy like that. Liam O'Neill is probably within his rights to be annoyed by it.

"I would take it back if I could," added Kenny.

CORK (SF v Clare) -- A Quirke; R Carey, M Shields, E Cadogan; P Kisane, G Canty, N O'Leary; A O'Connor, A Walsh; C Sheehan, P Kelly, P Kerrigan; C O'Neill, D O'Connor, N Murphy.

Irish Independent

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