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Sunday 18 March 2018

Barry-Murphy puts faith in McCarthy to ruffle Banner half-back trio

Jimmy Barry Murphy has picked Cian McCarthy for the replay of the All-Ireland HC final
Jimmy Barry Murphy has picked Cian McCarthy for the replay of the All-Ireland HC final
Martin Breheny

Martin Breheny

CORK'S need to greatly increase ball-winning capacity in their half-forward line has earned Cian McCarthy a recall for Saturday's All-Ireland final replay.

He comes in for Jamie Coughlan at centre-forward in what is the only change from the side which drew with Clare 18 days ago.

McCarthy replaced Lorcan McLoughlin after 42 minutes of the draw, but was forced out with an ankle injury seven minutes later.

However, he has made a full recovery and has now been handed the task of breaking the dominance of Clare's half-back line.

Brendan Bugler, Patrick O'Connor and man-of-the-match Conor Ryan dominated the sector for most of the drawn game, leaving the Cork attack living off scraps.

McCarthy (24), a son of former dual star Teddy, is an excellent ball-winner and Jimmy Barry-Murphy hopes he can pose a different kind of threat for the Clare defence than they encountered the last day.

Cork supporters were stunned at the level of dominance the Clare half-backs enjoyed in what was a key factor. The Cork half-forwards did much better against Dublin in the semi-finals, but made no impression on the physically powerful Banner trio.

Lorcan McLoughlin, William Egan and Daniel Kearney, all of whom were replaced in the drawn game, are restored to the side.

Cork (SH) – A Nash; S McDonnell, S O'Neill, C O'Sullivan; B Murphy, C Joyce, W Egan; L McLoughlin, D Kearney; S Harnedy, C McCarthy, P Cronin; L O'Farrell, P Horgan, C Lehane.

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