Tuesday 24 April 2018

Cork draft in Joyce to replace Cadogan

Cork's Eoin Cadogan has thrown his lot in with the Cork footballers this weekend
Cork's Eoin Cadogan has thrown his lot in with the Cork footballers this weekend
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Eoin Cadogan's decision to throw his lot in with the Cork footballers this weekend sees Jimmy Barry- Murphy hand a full championship debut to Christopher Joyce for Saturday's hurling qualifier clash with Offaly at Pairc Ui Chaoimh.

The 20-year-old Na Piarsaigh club-man starts at centre-back in place of Cadogan, who is named on the bench, but is expected to play a full game for the footballers less than 24 hours after the hurling clash.

Conor Counihan's men take on Clare in Sunday's Munster SFC final.

Joyce's inclusion is one of two changes from the side that lost narrowly to Tipperary, with Cian McCarthy drafted in at the expense of Cathal Naughton.

McCarthy starts in the No 11 shirt, while Pa Cronin moves to the wing. Sean Og O hAilpin and John Gardiner are held in reserve once more.

Meanwhile, Offaly hurling manager Ollie Baker has made a host of positional and personnel changes for the showdown with the Rebels.

Eoin Kelly from the Lusmagh club makes his debut in goals, while Conor Hernon (St Rynagh's) and Sean Ryan (Birr) also come into the side.

Joe Bergin is shifted to the No 14 shirt alongside Shane Dooley and Brian Carroll in a dangerous-looking full-forward line.

Elsewhere, Paul Earls will miss the rest of Wicklow's championship campaign.

The St Patrick's clubman has struggled with a serious groin injury for the last 12 months, but featured as a substitute for Leighton Glynn in the Leinster SFC defeat to the Royals.

However, the injury has flared up once more. Earls subsequently headed for Australia.

"Paul has been very unfortunate with his groin injury," said Wicklow boss Harry Murphy.

"Every time he came back playing after treatment and a rest, the injury flared up again, and that was the case once more after we brought him on for Leighton (Glynn) in the game against Meath."

Cork (SHC v Offaly) -- A Nash; S O'Neill, B Murphy, C O'Sullivan; T Kenny, C Joyce, W Egan; D Sweetnam, L McLoughlin; C Lehane, C McCarthy, P Cronin; J Coughlan, P O'Sullivan, P Horgan.

Offaly -- E Kelly; C Hernon, D Kenny, J Rigney; D Morkan, R Hanniffy, D Horan; K Brady, S Ryan; C Egan, C Mahon, B Murphy; S Dooley, J Bergin, B Carroll.

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