As expected, Conor Counihan has made sweeping changes to his side for Sunday’s NFL Division 1 final. Out go nine of the team that started for the Donkey Ayters at Páirc Uí Chaoimh the weekend before last, as a number of heavy hitters come into the starting fifteen for the decider at Croke Park.
The players coming in are Paddy O’Shea in goal, Ray Carey at corner-back, Michael Shields at full-back, half-backs Noel O’Leary and Paudie Kissane, Alan O’Connor at midfield, Paddy Kelly in the half-forwards and corner-forwards Daniel Goulding and Paul Kerrigan. Making way are Alan Quirke, Derek Kavanagh, Kieran O’Connor, Ger Spillane, Brian O’Regan, Graham Canty, Kevin McMahon, Colm O’Neill and John Hayes.
Cork’s team for Sunday is as follows:
Cork (NFL Division 1 final v Mayo): Paddy O’Shea (St. Vincent’s); Ray Carey (Clyda Rovers), Michael Shields (St. Finbarr’s), Eoin Cotter (Douglas); Noel O’Leary (Cill na Martra), Paudie Kissane (Clyda Rovers), Jamie O’Sullivan (Bishopstown); Alan O’Connor (St. Colum’s), Aidan Walsh Kanturk); Fintan Goold (Macroom), Donncha O’Connor (Ballydesmond), Paddy Kelly (Ballincollig); Daniel Goulding (Éire Óg), Ciaran Sheehan (Éire Óg), Paul Kerrigan (Nemo Rangers).