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Cork bank on senior duo


Conor Lehane. Photo: Sportsfile

Conor Lehane. Photo: Sportsfile

Conor Lehane. Photo: Sportsfile

Cork will be looking to senior stars Conor Lehane and Jamie Coughlan to provide the bulk of the scores when they take on Tipperary in the Bord Gais Energy Munster U-21 hurling quarter-final at Pairc Ui Chaoimh tonight (7.30).

But the Leesiders must plan without the services of another member of Jimmy Barry-Murphy's senior squad as Darren Sweetnam, who has been the subject of some interest from Munster rugby, misses out as he begins his Leaving Cert this morning.

Cork came out on top when the sides met in the semi-finals last year only to go down to Limerick after extra-time in an epic final. However, Tipperary, who are captained by John O'Dwyer, were the victors when they met in the minor championship in 2009.

Tipp have named Liam McGrath, who captained the county's minor footballers to All-Ireland success last year, at corner-forward. Wing-forward Niall O'Meara is a brother of senior star Brian, while midfielder Brian Stapleton is a brother of Tom.

Verdict: Cork

Cork -- S Nyhan; P O'Mahony, D Cahalane, C Spillane; D O'Mahony, C Joyce, P O'Brien; N Kelly, D Drake; M Sugrue, J Cronin, C Lehane; J Coughlan, D Brosnan, E O'Sullivan.

Tipperary -- P Ryan; S Maher, A Ryan, P Ryan; W Ryan, D Maher, J Cahill; B Stapleton, D McCormack; J O'Dwyer, S Curran, N O'Meara; E Murray, D Collins, L McGrath.

Cork v Tipperary

Live, TG4, 7.30

Irish Independent