Tuesday 20 August 2019

Three debutants for Cork as McCarthy shows his hand

Cork manager Ronan McCarthy. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Cork manager Ronan McCarthy. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Cork football manager Ronan McCarthy has included three debutants for Saturday's Munster SFC semi-final against Limerick (7.0), handing starts to Nathan Walsh, Liam O'Donovan and Eoghan McSweeney.

Douglas man Walsh is named to line out at right corner-back, Clonakilty's O'Donovan is selected in front of him in the half-back line, and Knocknagree's McSweeney has earned his spot at right half-forward.

After a disappointing league campaign that saw the Rebels drop to Division 3, McCarthy will be desperate to get his side's summer campaign off to a winning start at Páirc Uí Rinn against a Limerick outfit who will be brimming with confidence after their Munster quarter-final win against Tipperary.

Elsewhere, Down's Caolan Mooney has failed in his attempt to have his red card overturned at a hearings committee meeting.

Mooney's one-match ban for dangerous play - he caught Armagh opponent Aidan Nugent head-high with a challenge during their recent Ulster football quarter-final - will stand, meaning he will miss their upcoming qualifier against Tipperary in Newry on Sunday week.

Referees have been instructed to punish head-high challenges of this nature by red and the fact that Mooney's card has withstood a hearings challenge will serve to embolden that policy now.

Dublin's Paul Mannion is also expected to challenge the red card he picked up for a high challenge on Louth's Conal McKeever.

Meanwhile, Down have been fixed to play Tipperary in Páirc Esler at 2.0 on Sunday, June 9 as the Central Competition Controls Committee opt to split the first-round qualifier fixtures over both days for three weekends.

Down's Caolan Mooney. Photo: Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile
Down's Caolan Mooney. Photo: Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

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In the past, the majority have gone ahead on the Saturday afternoon or evening.

Also on the Sunday, Monaghan face Fermanagh in Clones at 2.0, Westmeath and Waterford face off in Mullingar (3.0). Carlow will be in action on the Sunday at 3.0, when they face the winners of the Kildare and Longford replay at Netwatch Cullen Park.

On the previous day, Louth will host Antrim in Drogheda at 7.0, Wexford and Derry will precede the Wexford/Carlow Leinster SHC match at 4.45 at Innovate Wexford Park, while Leitrim will host Wicklow in Avantcard Páirc Sean MacDiarmada at 3.0.

The early throw-in sees Offaly host London in O'Connor Park, Tullamore at 1.30.

Cork (v Limerick) - M White; N Walsh, J Loughrey, K Flahive; L O'Donovan, T Clancy, M Taylor; I Maguire, K O'Hanlon; E McSweeney, R Deane, J O' Rourke; P Kerrigan, B Hurley, M Collins. Subs: M Martin, K O 'Donovan, S White, T Clancy, S Cronin, A Browne, R O' Toole, K O' Driscoll, M Hurley, L Connolly, S Sherlock.

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