Friday 17 January 2020

Larkin forces way on to Cats line-up

Cliona Foley

FORMER Hurler of the Year Eoin Larkin has forced his way into the starting line-up but otherwise Brian Cody has not altered his Kilkenny side for tomorrow's historic Leinster hurling final against Galway.

Larkin came off the bench for Richie Hogan in the Cats' semi-final rout of Dublin and has now kept him out of the starting team, but there's no starting spot for Adrian Fogarty, who also did well off the bench last time out.

Kilkenny's backs and midfield remain unchanged, which means veteran Noel Hickey will face off against Joe Canning.

But up front there are a variety of notable positional switches, which look designed to disrupt Galway's strong half-back line.

TJ Reid is selected at right-half forward and Eddie Brennan at centre-forward, with Larkin on the other wing. Henry Shefflin is picked at left corner-forward.

This will be a first meeting of Kilkenny and Galway in a Leinster final but the Cats, chasing an unprecedented six Leinster titles in a row, feature 12 of the side who beat Galway in last year's semi-final. Hickey, Reid and Brian Hogan are the three changes.

Elsewhere, Waterford footballer Tony Grey will miss his side's second-round qualifier against Offaly next Saturday.

Grey had started an appeal against a red card received against Limerick in the Munster SFC but has decided to abandon it and the CHC have suspended him for dangerous play.

They have doubled the automatic suspension and given him eight weeks because it was a repeat infraction within 48 weeks.

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