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Daly's vote of confidence in winning side

ANTHONY DALY and his co-selectors have kept faith with the Sky Blue 15 who eventually overwhelmed Clare last weekend for tomorrow's All-Ireland qualifier against Antrim at Croke Park (3.0).

The Dubs made several positional alterations before throw-in last Saturday, and the presumption again is that Peter Kelly will start in the wing-back role where he has excelled of late -- both against Clare and in the second half against the Wexford U21s last Wednesday night in the Leinster final. If that scenario unfolds, Maurice O'Brien is expected to continue at midfield with Shane Durkin operating in the forward line.

TICKETS for tomorrow's Croke Park double-header are on sale today until 5pm at the GAA ticket office on Dorset St and from ticket outlets tomorrow morning from 10am.

CORK have received a massive boost with Seán óg ó hAilpín's selection on the team to face Waterford in tomorrow night's Munster SHC final replay against Waterford -- that's presuming the veteran wing-back doesn't make a late cry-off.

ó hAilpin was thought to have no chance of featuring at Thurles after being forced off with a hamstring injury during the drawn decider last Sunday. During the week, the player himself intimated that the "best case scenario" would see him out for two or three weeks.

However, he is again named at wing-back whereas the hamstrung Jerry O'Connor doesn't make it, prompting a call-up for Michael Cussen after his impressive cameo five days ago.

WATERFORD boss Davy Fitzgerald has yet to announce his replay line-up -- but he has upped the ante by calling on re Brian Gavin to "watch out for" Aisake ó hAilpín this weekend.

Fitzgerald claimed that Cork's towering full-forward was "looking for the free every time" and this contributed to Waterford having to take off their yellow-carded full-back Liam Lawlor.

"We ended up having to take Liam off after 49 minutes because he had been booked and was warned by referee Johnny Ryan," the Clareman writes in his newspaper column. "But I have to say that we all felt that he was hard done by because Aisake was looking for the free every time. He was on to Johnny the whole time and I feel the ref gave in to that."

DUBLIN (SHC v Antrim): G Maguire; N Corcoran, T Brady, O Gough; S Hiney, J Boland, P Kelly; J McCaffrey, M O'Brien; S Durkin, L Rushe, A McCrabbe; P Carton, D O'Dwyer, D O'Callaghan.

CORK (SHC v Waterford): D óg Cusack; S O'Neill, E Cadogan, B Murphy; J Gardiner, R Curran, S óg ó hAilpín; T Kenny, C Naughton; B O'Connor, N McCarthy, M Cussen; K Murphy, A ó hAilipín, P Horgan.

TIPPERARY (SHC v Offaly): B Cummins; P Stapleton, P Curran, M Cahill; D Fanning, C O'Mahony, Pádraic Maher; B Maher, D Young; G Ryan, S McGrath, Patrick Maher; N McGrath, L Corbett, E Kelly.


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