Saturday 25 November 2017

Canty winning fitness race to lead Rebels' title assault

Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Cork captain Graham Canty took part in his first full training session last night as Cork began to wind down their preparations for Sunday's All-Ireland football final.

Canty limped out of the All-Ireland semi-final win over Dublin and has been involved in only light training since that game. But his presence for the full session last night has moved him closer to the prospect of leading his side out for the Rebels' third All-Ireland final in four years.

It is expected that the captain will be named with a further review of his condition likely over the weekend. Cork are not due to finalise their team until tomorrow night, with other key calls on places in defence and attack.

Eoin Cadogan is pressing hard for inclusion, possibly at John Miskella's expense, after his impressive cameo against Dublin.

In attack, Colm O'Neill has also made a strong case for himself with his semi-final impact but Ciaran Sheehan is still thought to be favourite to be selected at full-forward. O'Neill was Cork's goal scorer in last year's All-Ireland final and earned the penalty which threw Cork the lifeline against Dublin.

Down are now unlikely to follow the lead of the Kilkenny hurlers' Henry Shefflin gamble by risking Ambrose Rodgers. Rodgers sustained cruciate ligament damage in August and missed the semi-final win over Kildare.

And with limited training under his belt Rodgers is now unlikely to play any part in the match.

Down have far less taxing decisions to make when they finalise their team tomorrow night and are expected to name the same side that started against Kildare.

With Sunday's final a sell-out, the GAA yesterday issued a warning about the sale and purchase to and from touts with special emphasis on online touts who have sprung up with greater regularity in recent years.

"In September every year a number of tickets end up in the hands of touts, both the traditional 'street touts' and in more recent years with 'online touts'. The provision of tickets to these touts is contrary to the GAA ticket rules," a statement read.

Irish Independent

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