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O'Connor returns for Cork's Dublin rematch

Published 09/05/2015 | 02:30

Alan O’Connor’s inclusion sees him pull on the county jersey for the first time since Cork were defeated by Dublin in the 2013 All-Ireland quarter-final
Alan O’Connor’s inclusion sees him pull on the county jersey for the first time since Cork were defeated by Dublin in the 2013 All-Ireland quarter-final

Alan O'Connor will make his first start for Cork in almost two years when the Rebels take on Dublin in a challenge in Cill na Matra tomorrow, writes Donnchadh Boyle.

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The clash comes just two weeks after Dublin dismantled Brian Cuthbert's side in the Division 1 league final and O'Connor's inclusion sees him pull on the county jersey for the first time since Cork were defeated by the same opposition in the 2013 All-Ireland quarter-final.

O'Connor starts at midfield alongside Ruairi Deane, who returns after tearing his cruciate in last summer's Munster final.

Carlow hurling manager Pat English has made two changes from the side that lost to Westmeath for their must-win clash with Laois as Shane Kavanagh and Paul Coady come in for Ger Coady and Jack Kavanagh.

Elsewhere, Christy Ring Cup champions Kildare have made a host of changes for their replay with London.

There are five new faces in attack, with Mark Delaney the only player to retain his position in the forwards.

Cork (SF challenge v Dublin) - P O'Shea; S Cronin, J O'Sullivan, K Crowley; T Clancy, T Clancy, B O'Driscoll; A O'Connor, R Deane; P Kerrigan, C Dorman, Colm O'Driscoll; D Goulding, P Kelleher, J Hayes.

Carlow (SHC v Laois) - K Kehoe; S Kavanagh, J Rogers, A Corcoran; R Coady, D English, E Coady; D Byrne, C Wall; JM Nolan, E Byrne, P Coady; Sean Murphy, Seamus Murphy, M Kavanagh.

Kildare (Christy Ring Cup v London) - P Dermody; N O Muineacháin, M Grace, J Doran; D Stapleton, D Young, E O'Neill; K Whelan, M Moloney; J Byrne, L Quinn, P Divilly; B Deay, E Dempsey, M Delaney.

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