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Sunday 22 April 2018

Limerick name nine newcomers

Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

CORK have sent an ominous warning to Munster SHC semi-final opponents Limerick by picking the same team that trounced Tipperary by 10 points.

Their opponents, split by a divisive row between last year's players and Justin McCarthy, are starting an inexperienced side with nine championship debutants.

Leitrim feature seven changes from the side who lost to Roscommon last year with Ballinamore's Wayne McKeon and Ray Mulvey making their championship debuts at wing-back and corner-forward.

Conor Gormley returns from injury to bolster Tyrone's defence for their Ulster SFC semi-final against Down tomorrow though he replaces the injured Ryan McMenamin (hamstring) Peter Harte, is in at wing-back for his cousin Davy Harte, who has also been ruled out by a calf strain.

Down, without both Daniel McCartan and Ronan Sexton through suspension, are boosted by the return to full fitness of captain Ambrose Rogers who comes back into midfield to partner Kalum King.

Laois have named the same starting 15 for their replay with Meath but the O'Moores look very unlikely to line out like that considering the contribut-ions made by their subs. Meath's injury worries about topscorer Graham Reilly (ankle) and Seamus Kenny (finger) have abated.

LAOIS (SF v Meath) -- M Nolan; P O'Leary, M Timmons, P McMahon; C Healy, C Ryan, C Begley; B Quigley, K Meaney; B Sheehan, C Rogers, D Strong; P Cahillane, D Kingston, R Munnelly.

TYRONE (SF v Down) -- P McConnell; M Swift, Justin McMahon, D Carlin; P Harte, C Gormley, P Jordan; C Cavanagh, K Hughes; B Dooher, S Cavanagh, Joe McMahon; M Penrose, S O'Neill, O Mulligan.

DOWN (SF) -- B McVeigh; D Rooney, B McArdle

D Rafferty; K McKernan, J Colgan, C Garvey; A Rogers, K King; D Hughes, M Poland, B Coulter;

C Maginn, D Gordon, M Clarke.

CORK (SH v Limerick) -- D Og Cusack; S O'Neill, E Cadogan, B Murphy; J Gardiner, R Curran, S Og O hAilpin;T Kenny, C Naughton; B O'Connor, J O'Connor, N McCarthy; K Murphy, A O hAilpin, P Horgan.

LIMERICK (SH) -- T Flynn;S O'Neill, D Breen, K O'Rourke; S O'Riordan, B O'Sullivan, P Browne; T O'Brien, A Brennan; J O'Brien, P McNamara, S Herlihy; G Mulcahy, A Owens, R McGeough.

LEITRIM (SF v Roscommon) -- E Lyons; D Beck, J McKeon, D Reynolds, J Glancy (St Marys), S Foley, W McKeon; T Beirne, S Canning; C Clarke, D O'Connor, M Foley; R Cox, J Glancy (Glencar/ Manorhamilton), R Mulvey.

Galway (SHC v Offaly) -- C Callanan; D Joyce, S Kavanagh, O Canning; D Barry, T Og Regan, D Collins; G Farragher, D Burke; D Hayes, C Donnellan, A Callanan; A Harte, J Canning, I Tannian.

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