Sunday 4 December 2016

Rebels name unchanged side for Banner showdown

Published 09/07/2015 | 02:30

Cork's Patrick Collins
Cork's Patrick Collins

Cork boss Jimmy Barry-Murphy as named an unchanged side for Saturday's 'do or die' hurling qualifier clash with Clare in Semple Stadium.

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The Leesiders have kept the faith with the line-up that saw off Wexford last weekend and got their campaign back on track after their Munster Championship defeat to Waterford.

There are a number of changes to the subs' bench, with Shane O'Neill, Patrick Collins and Luke O'Farrell coming in in place of Brian O'Sullivan, Luke Meade and Andy Walsh.

The Rebels saw off Wexford with a powerful first-half display, with seven players getting on the scoresheet.

Elsewhere, Mayo joint manager Noel Connelly has tipped the county's strength and conditioning coach Barry Solan to be a huge success at Arsenal.

Fitness

The former Ballaghaderreen clubman, who has worked with the Polish national soccer team and also with Katie Taylor, is to head up fitness for Arsene Wenger's side.

But he will continue working with Mayo in their quest for their first All-Ireland title since 1951.

"We always knew he had a great reputation everywhere he went and when he got the opportunity to come work with his native county he took it, and he is doing a great job and I would be very confident he will be with us for the remainder of the year," said Connelly.

"I think he will do very, very well. He is very smart in what he does and his attention to detail is brilliant.

"He is great among a group of fellas and I'm sure he will be no different there.

"Nothing seems to faze him, he is a very confident guy - they have done their homework on him pretty well and they know what they are getting and we know what they are getting.

"He is a great guy, he has been superb with our group up to now and I know that will continue."

Cork (SH v Clare) - A Nash; D Cahalane, S McDonnell, B Murphy; A Walsh, M Ellis, C Murphy; D Kearney, B Cooper; C Lehane, P Cronin, B Lawton; A Cadogan, S Harnedy, P Horgan.

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