David Breen back to give Limerick options in attack

Cork unchanged for Munster senior hurling final

Limerick’s David Breen: recalled to the side to face Cork in Sunday’s Munster senior hurling final at Páirc Uí Chaoimh. Photograph: Inpho

Limerick’s David Breen: recalled to the side to face Cork in Sunday’s Munster senior hurling final at Páirc Uí Chaoimh. Photograph: Inpho

 

Munster champions Limerick make one change to the team that recorded the county’s first championship defeat of Tipperary in Thurles for 41 years for Sunday’s provincial final. David Breen comes in at corner forward for Seán Tobin.

The big Na Piarsaigh player will be a formidable target and varies the options in attack, as the county aims to win back-to-back titles for the first time since 1981. Manager TJ Ryan has deferred naming his replacements’ bench until closer to throw-in.

Their Cork opponents will be unchanged, which is good news for the dual players Aidan Walsh and Damien Cahalane, who both featured in last weekend’s humiliating defeat by Kerry in the Munster football final. Walsh tweaked a hamstring but is clear to play, as is Cahalane who suffered a minor laceration on his foot in an accident in the dressingroom afterwards.

There was further positive news for manager Jimmy Barry-Murphy when Mark Ellis, who has made a good impression since being brought into the team at centre back, was also declared fit after having to leave the semi-final defeat of Clare with a knee problem in the second half.

Mayo pursuit

Alan Dillon

Dropping out from the side that beat Roscommon are Tom Cunniffe (injured), Conor O’Shea, whose brother Aidan starts at centre forward with Barry Moran at centrefield, Diarmuid O’Connor and Alan Freeman.

In the football qualifiers Mickey Harte makes three changes to the Tyrone team to face Armagh. Justin McMahon replaces Peter Harte, Kyle Coney replaces Shay McGuigan and Niall McKenna replaces Stephen O’Neill from the team that overwhelmed Louth in the last round.

Tipperary manager Eamon O’Shea makes one change to the side that earned him his first championship win last weekend with the win over Galway in Thurles. Ronan Maher, who made his debut last week, drops out with Kieran Bergin replacing him at centrefield. Otherwise Paddy Stapleton retains his place in defence having come in the last day for Conor O’Mahony.

CORK (SHC v Limerick: A Nash; S O’Neill, D Cahalane, S McDonnell; C Joyce, M Ellis, L McLoughlin; D Kearney, A Walsh; C Lehane, B Cooper, S Harnedy; A Cadogan, P Cronin (capt.), P Horgan. LIMERICK (SHC): N Quaid; T Condon, R McCarthy, S Hickey; P O’Brien, W McNamara, G O’Mahony; J Ryan, P Browne; D Hannon, D O’Grady (capt.), S Dowling; G Mulcahy, K Downes, D Breen. MAYO (SFC v Galway): R Hennelly; C Barrett, G Cafferkey, K Higgins; L Keegan, C Boyle, D Vaughan; S O’Shea, B Moran; K McLoughlin, A O’Shea, J Doherty; C O’Connor, A Moran (capt), A Dillon . TIPPERARY (SHQ v Offaly): D Gleeson; P Stapleton, Pádraic Maher, M Cahill; C Barrett, J Barry, B Maher (capt.); K Bergin, J Woodlock; G Ryan, Patrick Maher, J O’Dwyer; N McGrath, S Callanan L Corbett. TYRONE (SFQ v Armagh): N Morgan; A McRory, R McNamee, PJ Quinn; R McNabb, Matthew Donnelly, Justin McMahon; C Cavanagh, S Cavanagh (capt.); E McKenna, K Coney, C McGinley; D McCurry, N McKenna, C McAliskey. TIPPERARY (SFQ v Laois): P Fitzgerald; G Mulhair, P Codd (capt.), C McDonald; C O’Riordan, R Kiely, P Acheson; S O’Brien, G Hannigan; P Austin, I Fahey, B Fox; C Sweeney, M Quinlavin, B Grogan. CAVAN (SFQ v Roscommon): C Gilsenan; J McLoughlin, R Dunne, F Flanagan; J Hayes, J McEnroe, R Maloney-Derham; D O’Reilly, G McKiernan; M Argue, M Lyng, N McDermott; J Brady, E Keating, M Reilly. LIMERICK (SFQ v Sligo): B Scanlon; M O’Riordan, J McCarthy, S O’Dea; I Corbett, P Browne, P Ranahan; T Lee, J Galvin; D Tracey, D Neville, S Buckley (capt.); G Collins, K Phair, I Ryan.

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