Thursday 20 October 2016

All change for Kingston's Rebels ahead of showdown with Waterford

Published 19/02/2016 | 02:30

Cork manager Kieran Kingston (SPORTSFILE)
Cork manager Kieran Kingston (SPORTSFILE)

Cork hurling manager Kieran Kingston has made a host of positional and personnel changes as his side prepare to face Waterford in an Allianz League clash in Páirc Uí Rinn tomorrow night (throw-in 7.00pm).

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Having watched his side go down to Galway by six points in the opening round last weekend, Kingston has reworked his attack.

Bill Cooper is the only survivor in the half-forward line where he starts at No 11 and is flanked by Brian Lawton and Lorcan McLoughlin. Kingston also hands Aghada's William Leahy his league debut at full-forward alongside Patrick Horgan and Conor Lehane.

Seamus Harnedy, who grabbed a goal last week, misses out through injury with the likes of Paudie O'Sullivan, Patrick Cronin and Alan Cadogan held in reserve.

Daniel Kearney and Aidan Walsh make up an all-new midfield partnership with Kearney recovering from a hand injury and Walsh moving up from the half-back line.

Colm Spillane comes into the No 7 shirt as the Rebels look to bounce back from their disappointing show against the Tribesmen last weekend.

Waterford are expected to name their team this evening.

CORK (NHL v Waterford) - A Nash; Shane O'Neill, C Joyce, S McDonnell; D Cahalane, W Egan, C Spillane; D Kearney, A Walsh; B Lawton, B Cooper, L McLoughlin; C Lehane, W Leahy, P Horgan.

DERRY (NHL v Westmeath) - D McDermott; E McGuckin, C McSorley, S McCullagh; D McCluskey, P Kelly, M McGrath; O McCloskey, T McCluskey; J O'Dwyer, M McGuigan, G O'Kane; S Farren, R Connery, A Grant.

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