Monday 26 September 2016

Larkin kept in reserve again as Cody keeps faith with Cats

Michael Verney

Published 12/08/2016 | 02:30

Former Hurler of the Year Eoin Larkin once again held in reserve. Photo: Matt Browne/Sportsfile
Former Hurler of the Year Eoin Larkin once again held in reserve. Photo: Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Brian Cody has kept the faith with his Kilkenny side for tomorrow's All-Ireland semi-final replay against Waterford with former Hurler of the Year Eoin Larkin once again held in reserve.

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Larkin, along with Lester Ryan, was one of just two Kilkenny substitutions during last Sunday's epic draw, making a big second-half impact and hitting a point in a struggling Kilkenny attack but he must settle for a place on the bench.

Despite playing second fiddle in many sectors Cody has opted to give his side a chance to make amends with Kieran Joyce, who struggled to get to grips with the inspirational Austin Gleeson, holding onto the No 6 shirt.

Cody puts his impressive replay record on the line against Derek McGrath's side with the 11-time All-Ireland-winning manager suffering only one replay loss in 18 seasons, a 2013 Leinster semi-final defeat to Dublin.

Nominations

Elsewhere, Liam Dunne is bidding for another spell in charge of the Wexford senior hurlers as county board officials currently seek nominations for the post following the completion of his five-year term.

Last month's All-Ireland quarter-final defeat to Waterford officially signalled the end of his reign and he admitted uncertainty over his future in the immediate aftermath.

However, it is understood that the 1996 All-Ireland winner is now interested in staying on and he is likely to be the front runner.

Dunne's club Oulart-The- Ballagh have nominated him for another term in charge, while it is understood that at least two others have expressed interest in the Wexford hotseat with current Oulart boss Frank Flannery being touted for the role by many.

Following a harrowing loss to Dublin, Wexford re-grouped to convincingly beat Offaly and surprise Cork before exiting the Championship in the last six.

Kilkenny (SH v Waterford) - E Murphy; P Murphy, J Holden, S Prendergast; P Walsh, K Joyce, C Buckley; C Fogarty, M Fennelly; W Walsh, TJ Reid, J Power; JJ Farrell, C Fennelly, R Hogan.

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