Brian Murphy back in at deep end for Rebels as Seamus Harnedy gets green light
Brian Murphy's decision to come out of a retirement has been rewarded with a swift return to the starting Cork team for Sunday's Munster semi-final with Waterford.
Murphy retired after the All-Ireland final replay defeat to Clare in 2013 but answered an SOS from manager Jimmy Barry-Murphy after half-back Lorcan McLoughlin picked up an injury and became the latest to join a lengthening list of unavailable defenders.
Murphy gained renown during an 11-year career as a tight-marking defender but even with that reputation his restoration so soon after reversing his retirement decision represents a gamble the Cork management are effectively forced to take.
With Christopher Joyce out for the season with a cruciate ligament injury, William Egan unavailable and Conor O'Sullivan leaving the panel during the League, the Rebel management were left with no option but to approach the Bride Rovers man.
Cork make three changes in all from the team that lost the League final to Waterford by 10 points almost five weeks ago.
Aidan Ryan, who was catapulted into the team for his first game in five years at full-back, has made way in defence as Damien Cahalane is restored in McLoughlin's half-back place with Murphy named at left corner-back.
Seamus Harnedy has recovered from an injury picked up in a club game and is selected at centre-forward, while Luke O'Farrell is back in the starting side after coming on as a substitute in the League final.
Rob O'Shea, the player he replaced that day, returns to the bench. Mallow's Cormac Murphy is the only Championship debutant, at left half-back.
Waterford's Maurice Shanahan is an injury concern, a problem that is compounded by the likelihood of him stepping up to take the frees in the absence of the injured Paraic Mahony.