Thursday 5 December 2019

Barry-Murphy wields axe in Rebel shake-up

Cork manager Jimmy Barry Murphy
Cork manager Jimmy Barry Murphy

Cliona Foley

CORK have revamped their hurling panel ahead of the Munster championship, dropping four players who saw action during the Allianz League.

Youghal's Bill Cooper and Mallow's Cormac Murphy have been called up to Jimmy Barry-Murphy's squad after featuring for their colleges (CIT and UCC respectively) in the Fitzgibbon Cup this year.

Stephen White, Killian Murphy, Michael O'Sullivan and Colm Spillane have all been released from the panel, and Michael Cahalane was not considered due to studying for his Leaving Cert.

Cork selector Johnny Crowley stressed that the panel will remain open-ended and that "the door isn't closed to anyone".

The hurling panel still includes dual players Eoin Cadogan, Aidan Walsh and Damien Cahalane, and Crowley confirmed that the county's respective senior managements will continue to liaise, on a fortnightly basis, about who they'll be involved with.

Elsewhere, the Ulster Council have confirmed that their U-21 football final between Cavan and Donegal will take place in Armagh's Athletic Grounds on next Wednesday (8.0). The draw for the All-Ireland U-21 semi-finals series is: Munster v Connacht and Leinster v Ulster.

Westmeath hurlers, meanwhile, have pulled off quite a coup by getting former Kilkenny senior selector Martin Fogarty on board as their new coach. He will be joined by former Leinster SFC medallist Alan Mangan on manager Brian Hanley's back-room team this week.

Mayo's chances of making the Division 1 semi-finals improved last night when Derry, who have already qualified, named a largely second-string team for Castlebar.

Joss Moore has come in at corner-back for Galway's senior footballers, who could hold onto their Division 2 status this weekend if they beat Monaghan.

GALWAY (SF v Monaghan) – T Healy; D O'Neill, F Hanley, J Moore; G Bradshaw, G O'Donnell, P Varley; F O'Curraoin, T Flynn; M Lundy, E Hoare, J Kavanagh; M Martin, P Conroy, S Armstrong.

DERRY (SF v Mayo) – E McNicholl; O Duffy, C McAtamney, K McKaigue; C Kielt, M Craig, A McAlynn; E McGuckin, N Holly; A Devlin, D Heavron, C McWilliams; J Kearney, D Mullan, C McGoldrick.

ROSCOMMON (U-21F v Leitrim) - C Lavin; D Murray, S Mullooly, C Kenny; J McManus, F Kelly, C Daly; S Killoran, T Corocran; C Kilcline, M Healy, E Smith; D Murtagh, M Nally, D Smith.

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