Sunday 18 March 2018

Rebels travel in strength for Kingdom clash

Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Cork have called on 10 of their All-Ireland final starting team for their trip to Tralee to face old rivals Kerry on Sunday.

Eoin Cadogan has given the first indication that he is ready to make himself more available to the footballers with a placement at left corner-back, while Fintan Goold and Colm O'Neill, fringe players for much of last season, are included in attack.

Only goalkeeper Alan Quirke, who is injured, club-tied Paul Kerrigan, Michael Shields, who is in Australia, and Paudie Kissane and Ciaran Sheehan are not included.

Alan O'Connor and Aidan Walsh will come together to again form a strong midfielder partnership.

Conor O'Driscoll has been promoted to half-back, while there is a start at full-back for Jamie O'Sullivan, who featured prominently during last year's National League campaign.

Kenneth O'Halloran will replace Quirke as goalkeeper.

Padraig O'Connor, Jonathan Lyne and David Geaney will make their first league starts for Kerry, while Kieran Donaghy returns after missing the McGrath Cup final.

Mickey Harte has unveiled a strong team for Tyrone's first league outing against Derry.

Owen Mulligan, Joe and Justin McMahon, Philip Jordan and Brian Dooher are all missing, but there are starts for veterans Brian McGuigan, Ryan McMenamin, Stephen O'Neill and Enda McGinley.

There had been speculation that McMenamin and McGuigan might retire at the end of last season.

Sean Cavanagh's hopes that he might find his way back into midfield again have been put on ice as he must content with the No 12 shirt. Aidan Cassidy returns to partner Kevin Hughes.

On the hurling front, Tipperary forward Seamus Callanan will be sidelined for at least two months after breaking a collarbone playing for Limerick IT in their crucial Fitzgibbon Cup victory over Waterford IT on Wednesday.

The news comes as a blow to the talented half-forward, who had hoped to reclaim a starting place in Tipperary's attack during the league.

Callanan (22) made a huge impact against Kilkenny in last September's All-Ireland final, slotting over two points after coming on as a second-half substitute.

The Drom & Inch clubman made his championship debut against Cork in the 2008 Munster SHC and he has registered an impressive haul of 6-22 in 14 appearances.

Thurles Sarsfields player Stephen Lillis is another injury concern for Tipp manager Declan Ryan ahead of the league campaign. He broke a bone in one of his hands during a challenge match against Wexford on Tuesday.

Irish Independent

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