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Cork look to veteran Murphy for Croker clash with the Dubs

NICHOLAS MURPHY will start Sunday's Allianz Football League Division 1 final - all of 12 years after he lined out for Cork against Dublin in the previous spring decider between the counties.



The veteran midfield will start in the Rebel midfield alongside Lucan born Alan O'Connor owing to the hamstring injury suffered by Aidan Walsh in under-21 action last week.

Murphy actually started the 1999 final meeting between the pair in Páirc Uí Chaoimh, a match in which current Cork manager, Conor Counihan, played at centre-back.

Counihan has made a total of four changes to the side that beat Armagh last time out, three of which (Murphy's inclusion being one) are enforced.

Jamie O'Sullivan - who lined out against Pat Gilroy's men in the league clash in February - gets the nod to replace Eoin Cadogan at corner-back as the dual player serves his four-week suspension.

Paul Kerrigan's hamstring injury opens the way for Paddy Kelly to return while Ciarán Sheehan has been named at right-corner forward. Cork's final change sees fit-again Donncha O'Connor replace Fiachra Lynch at full-forward.

CORK (SF v Dublin): K O'Halloran; R Carey, M Shields, J O'Sullivan; N O'Leary, J Miskella, P Kissane; A O'Connor, N Murphy; P O'Neill, P Kelly, F Goold; D Goulding, D O'Connor, C Sheehan.


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