Thursday 14 December 2017

Rebels stalwart to start as dual star Cadogan drafted in

Graham Canty will start Sunday's All-Ireland final. Photo: Sportsfile
Graham Canty will start Sunday's All-Ireland final. Photo: Sportsfile
Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

TALISMANIC Cork football captain Graham Canty will start Sunday's All-Ireland final, despite his recent hamstring problems, but there was an even bigger talking point when manager Conor Counihan named his team last night.

Dual star Eoin Cadogan, whose football involvement was very constrained this summer because he was the county's first-choice hurling full-back, will also start against Down.

Two days after the Cork hurlers' All-Ireland semi-final defeat to Kilkenny, the young Douglas star was back training with the county footballers.

When he was introduced at half-time in their All-Ireland semi-final defeat of Dublin, it was only his second appearance of their summer football campaign.

Cadogan replaced 2009 All Star Canty last time out, whose hamstring injury had flared up.

And his performance was good enough to earn him a starting spot at right corner-back this time, with John Miskella, another of Cork's three All Star defenders of last year, the man to lose out.

Ray Carey switches to the other defensive corner in the Rebels' only other change as they face into their third All-Ireland in three years, still chasing a first title since 1990.

A hamstring injury meant that Canty has not finished either of Cork's last two games, but he reportedly trained fully on Tuesday and again last night.

Counihan has noticeably resisted the temptation to start veteran midfielder Nicholas Murphy or full-forward threat Colm O'Neill, holding them in hand for the sort of impact-sub roles that could yet prove very vital.

Down select their team tonight and are expected to be unchanged from the side that pipped Kildare, with Peter Fitzpatrick likely to again start in place of their injured midfield captain Ambrose Rodgers.

Meanwhile, John Brennan replaced Damian Cassidy as Derry's new senior football manager last night.

Brennan guided Loup to the Ulster club final last year and his native Lavey to the county semi-finals this season. The fact that Henry Downey has been his assistant with Lavey has already led to speculation that he will be part of the back-room team.

Brennan has been in the running for the job on several previous occasions and was only edged out by a single vote by Mickey Moran back in October 2004.

CORK (SF v Down) -- A Quirke; E Cadogan, M Shields, R Carey; N O'Leary, G Canty (Capt), P Kissane; A O'Connor, A Walsh; C Sheehan, P O'Neill, P Kelly; D Goulding, D O'Connor, P Kerrigan.

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