Thursday 22 February 2018

No change for Clare but Darach Honan place in doubt

Darach Honan, Clare, in action against Shane O'Neill, Cork - he has retained his place for the replay
Darach Honan, Clare, in action against Shane O'Neill, Cork - he has retained his place for the replay
Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

CLARE boss Davy Fitzgerald has named an unchanged side for tomorrow evening's All-Ireland hurling final replay against Cork, but speculation remains that he could yet make a late change in attack.

Full-forward target-man Darach Honan failed to make an impact in the drawn game, prompting speculation he could be replaced before throw-in.

Cathal McInerney, who replaced the Clonlara man last time out, is one contender as is Shane O'Donnell (19), who scored a goal against Cork in this year's league meeting.

The Eire Og teenager has already scored 3-2 this summer and scored another goal when he lined out at full-forward in the All-Ireland U-21 final two weeks ago when fellow senior stars David McInerney, Colm Galvin, Tony Kelly and Podge Collins also picked up winners medals.

Cork manager Jimmy Barry Murphy made one change – introducing Cian McCarthy for Jamie Coughlan – and selected Seamus Harnedy, whose training has reportedly been disrupted with a niggle picked up in the drawn game.

The GAA has organised live music and a game of 'Super 11' as part of tomorrow's warm-up (from 3.40) in the hope that it will get supporters into the stadium in time for the unusual 5.0 throw-in.

The 'Super 11' game, in which only goals are allowed, will feature a host of top hurlers, including Tommy Walsh, Liam Rushe, James Skehill, Eoin Kelly and Gavin O'Mahony.

Elsewhere, senior ladies football finalists Cork and Monaghan have both made one change for their clash on Sunday.

Elaine Harte has displaced Martina O'Brien in the Cork goals, while Monaghan veteran Niamh Kindlon has been replaced at full-forward by Eileen McKenna.

CLARE (SH v Cork) – P Kelly; D O'Donovan, D McInerney, C Dillon; B Bugler, P Donnellan, P O'Connor; Conor Ryan, C Galvin; J Conlon, T Kelly, Colin Ryan; P Collins, D Honan, C McGrath.

CORK (LF v Monaghan) – E Harte; AM Walsh, B Stack, D O'Reilly; B Corkery, R Buckley, G O'Flynn; J Murphy, A Walsh; N Cleary, D O'Sullivan, A Walsh; V Mulcahy, R Ni Bhuachalla, C O'Sullivan.

MONAGHAN (LF) – L Martin; G McNally, S Courtney, C Reilly; L McEnaney, E McCarron, A McAnespie; A Casey, Y Connell; T McNally, C Mohan, C Courtney; C McConnell, E McKenna, C McAnespie.

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