Cork make six changes for Galway
Kerrigan, Goold and O’Leary among those to be left out by Conor Counihan
Cork’s Paul Kerrigan (centre) has been dropped ahead of the meeting with Galway. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho
Cork have made six changes to the side that lost to Kerry in the Munster SFC final ahead of their All-Ireland qualifier against Galway.
Conor Counihan’s team for the 5pm throw-in at Croke Park on Saturday does not include Noel O’Leary, Paul Kerrigan, Donnacha O’Connor or Fintan Goold, while goalkeeper Alan Quirke loses out to Ken O’Halloran and Thomas Clancy gets the nod at corner back ahead of Paudie Kissane.
Alan O’Connor and Pearse O’Neill will reunite in midfield, while Mark Collins is named at wing forward in place of Goold and Ciarán Sheehan’s return means O’Connor is dropped.
It remains to be seen, however, how close this team is to the one that actually takes to the field against the Tribesmen, after Counihan effectively named a dummy team three days ahead of the Kerry defeat.
Cork (v Galway): Alan Quirke; Eoin Cadogan, Michael Shields, Thomas Clancy; Damien Cahalane, Graham Canty, James Loughrey; Alan O’Connor, Pearse O’Neill; Mark Collins, Aidan Walsh, John O’Rourke; Daniel Goulding, Ciaran Sheehan, Brian Hurley
Subs: Ken O’Halloran, John Mc Loughlin, Tomás Clancy, Noel O’Leary, Jamie O’Sullivan, Paudie Kissane, Andrew O’Sullivan, Fintan Goold, Patrick Kelly, Paul Kerrigan, Donncha O’Connor