Cork make six changes for Kerry encounter
Brian Cuthbert’s side already in semi-finals
Ken O’Halloran is back in goal for Cork for their game against Kerry on Sunday in Tralee. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho
Cork manager Brian Cuthbert has heavily rotated his selection for next Sunday’s final Division One match, against Kerry in Tralee. He makes six changes to the team that drew with Tyrone last week.
After an excellent start to the season, Cork have failed to win their last two matches but have already sealed qualification for the league semi-finals the weekend after next.
The changes see Ken O’Halloran back in goal in place of David Hanrahan. Jamie O’Sullivan replaces the injured Eoin Cadogan in the full back line and Patrick Kelly, the All-Ireland winning half forward who came in as a replacement last week, is named at centre back instead of Tomás Clancy.
Damian Cahalane, who acquitted himself reasonably well at full back for the county’s hurlers in last weekend’s league quarter-final defeat by Tipperary, makes his first start of the season for the footballers, at wing back.
Paul Kerrigan and Daniel Goulding start on the bench with Colm O’Driscoll and Barry O’Driscoll coming into the attack. Kerry retain an outside chance of making the semi-finals themselves should they win at the weekend and both Dublin and Mayo are defeated.
CORK (NFL v Kerry): K O’Halloran; M Shields, J O’Sullivan, Tom Clancy; J Loughrey, P Kelly, D Cahalane; F Goold, A O’Sullivan; C O’Driscoll, M Collins, J O’Rourke; B O’Driscoll, B Hurley, J Hayes. Subs: D Hanrahan, A Cronin, J McLoughlin, K O’Driscoll, Tomás Clancy, R O’Sullivan, M Ó Laoire, D Goulding, P Kerrigan, D O’Connor, C O’Neill.