Cork have just named their starting fifteen for Sunday’s league final against our lads. The team they’ve named shows just one change from the side that lined out against Down in the semi-final the weekend before last, with Graham Canty coming in while Eoin Cotter drops out. Canty will line out in his usual centre-back position with Eoin Cadogan switching over to corner-back.
It’s a very similar Cork team to the one that started against us down in Castlebar last month, with twelve of Sunday’s team having also lined out at McHale Park. The three changes from then are Eoin Cadogan for Eoin Cotter, Graham Canty (who was selected to play in that match but didn’t start) for Sean Kiely and Paul Kerrigan (who made such a big impact in that game when he came on as a second half sub) for Mark Collins, who was, of course, red-carded in that Castlebar encounter.
Twelve of Sunday’s team also lined out against us in last year’s All-Ireland quarter-final. The three from Sunday’s team who didn’t are Ray Carey, Graham Canty (who came on as a sub that day) and the then injured Colm O’Neill and the three who started last August but won’t be doing so on Sunday are Eoin Cotter, John Miskella (now retired) and Fiachra Lynch. So much for all that guff about our having beaten an injury-devastated Cork team back then.
Here’s the Cork team for Sunday in full:
Cork (NFL Division One final v Mayo, 29/4/2011): Alan Quirke (Valley Rovers); Ray Carey (Clyda Rovers), Michael Shields (St Finbarrs), Eoin Cadogan (Douglas); Noel O’Leary (Cill na Martra), Graham Canty (Bantry Blues), Paudie Kissane (Clyda Rovers); Pearse O’Neill (Aghada), Alan O’Connor (St Colum’s); Fintan Goold (Macroom), Patrick Kelly (Ballincollig), Paul Kerrigan (Nemo Rangers); Colm O’Neill (Ballyclough), Aidan Walsh (Kanturk), Donncha O’Connor (Ballydesmond).
We’ll be naming our team for Sunday’s decider tomorrow.