Cork name their team for Sunday

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True to their word, Cork named their team to face us in the League Division One opener at Páirc Uí Rinn on Sunday (throw-in 2pm) a short while ago. Here are the full details of the starting fifteen and subs they’ve named for the game:

Cork (NFL Division One v Mayo, 31/1/2016): Ken O’Halloran (Bishopstown), Colm O’Driscoll (Tadhg MacCarthaigh), Eoin Cadogan (Douglas), Jamie O’Sullivan (Bishopstown); Tomas Clancy (Fermoy), Brian O’Driscoll (Tadhg MacCarthaigh), James Loughrey (Mallow); Ian Maguire (St Finbarrs), Mark Collins (Castlehaven); Andrew O’Sullivan (Castletownbere), Paul Kerrigan (Nemo Rangers), Luke Connolly (Nemo Rangers); Daniel Goulding (Eire Og), Peter Kelleher (Kilmichael), Brian Hurley (Castlehaven).

Subs: Micheál Aodh Martin (Nemo Rangers), Kieran Histon (Cobh), Mark Collins (O’Donovan Rossa), Bart Daly (Newmarket), Killian O’Hanlon (Kilshannig), Sean Kiely (Ballincollig), Ruairi Deane (Bantry Blues), Donal Óg Hodnett (O’Donovan Rossa), Seamus Hickey (Rockchapel), Dan McEoin (Ilen Rovers), Colm O’Neill (Ballyclough).

We’re due to name our team for Sunday after training tomorrow evening.

21 thoughts on “Cork name their team for Sunday

  1. Pretty decent team for league opener surely , I’m not too familiar with that midfield pairing though . Kerrigan always a threat , two boys on the corners massive presence , don’t know Luke Connolly either TBH . You’d have to fear there’s a chance we might not match them physically given the regulars we are missing .

  2. If we tog a middle eight of:
    Keegan Boyle Nally
    Parsons Gibbons
    Kevin Mc AN other Diarmuid
    Then I’d be thinking we’ll be too strong in the middle for them.

  3. Looks like a strong enough team alright. I really hope we can be competitive on Sunday and get something from this game. A massive step up from the FBD awaits a number of our less experienced players, however, it’s a fantastic opportunity for lads to step up and give Stevie some selection headaches in the months ahead.

  4. Looking forward to match optimistic that Mayo can win sun no one is talking bout us. I hope either end c Boyle or g caff get captaincy as they get less attention the the big names.

  5. Its seems Cork are missing their fare share of starters and experienced players.The best performance Cork gave last year was against Kerry in the drawn Munster final. Of the starting 15 last July only 7 are starting Sunday.

  6. A settled and experienced Cork team with only one player making his debut. Their bench is weak enough though as, the word from the banks of the Lee is, a lot of the newer faces they wanted to try are injured and unavailable.
    It would be some achievement on Rochfords and Mayos part to come away with a win in this one. To gel a team together, in a short time frame, under new management and with 7 or 8 certain starters unavailable is a challenge in itself. To do it against a more experienced and settled team in their own ground will make it all the more difficult.
    I have Cork to win by 4 but, taking all things into consideration, it will be more about how the new lads fare at this level. Performing well at FBD level is one thing, going away from home in a NFL Div 1 opener is quite another. Division 1 survival must be our only target for now as I feel we will end up going to Ballybofey pointless. I’m not being pessimistic about our season ahead but at this stage of the year I think we will struggle in the early rounds of the league.
    Hon Mayo.

  7. Pebbles who are the 7 or 8 certain starters out? as i said a few days ago on here It depends on what team Rochford chooses on Sunday but as far as I know up to 11 of the starting 15 v Dublin last September is available for selection on Sunday. Those out definitely from that starting 15 is SOS COC Higgins and Barry Moran.

    Is your view that Rochford will select an experimental side instead of his strongest? both are under new management and i think its fair to say Mayo are more settled in mind and body while Cork are erratic at the best of times.

    I’m going to be more positive in my prediction and reckon Mayo will come away from Cork with a win by one point or two.

  8. I make it ten from the team that started in the replay with Dublin who could potentially be okay to start on Sunday: Robbie Hennelly, Ger Cafferkey, Donal Vaughan, Lee Keegan, Colm Boyle, Tom Parsons, Diarmuid O’Connor (played Sigerson for DCU during the week but assume is available), Aidan O’Shea, Kevin McLoughlin and Jason Doherty. Three subs used that day may also be available on Sunday: David Drake (it was reported this week that he’s back and available for selection), Alan Freeman (just back from hols so might not start but should be available if needed) and Mark Ronaldson (certain to start, I’d say). Five of the team that started the Dublin replay last year (Keith Higgins, Chris Barrett, Seamus O’Shea, Barry Moran and Cillian O’Connor) plus three subs used that day (Paddy Durcan, Andy Moran and Stephen Coen) are definite to miss out. If you add to the 13 who played some part in the Dublin game the likes of Brendan Harrison, Shane McHale, Jason Gibbons, Mikey Sweeney and Cathal Carolan (who all have at least some championship experience) and newbies such as David Kenny, Padraig O’Hora, Shane Nally, Caolan Crowe, Darren McHale and Keith Ruttledge, not to mention Evan Regan, then the notion that we’re likely to name a weakened team tonight doesn’t look all that plausible.

  9. Just to add to that earlier comment, we could, for example, field a team such as the following on Sunday: Robbie Hennelly; Brendan Harrison, Ger Cafferkey, Colm Boyle; Lee Keegan, Donal Vaughan, Shane Nally; Tom Parsons, Jason Gibbons; Diarmuid O’Connor, Mark Ronaldson, Kevin McLoughlin; Evan Regan, Aidan O’Shea, Jason Doherty. I’m not saying this is the fifteen we will (or should) start but it shows that we’re well capable of fielding a strong team for this one.

  10. Barrett the one I was missing. It confirms that if he chooses Rochford can select a very strong team Sunday and one that can produce a positive result for Mayo on Sunday.

  11. WJ I thought you weren’t meant to be naming speculative or rumoured teams prior to official announcement. 🙂

    Mind you its good craic trying to predict what team might be named.

  12. willie joe thats the team i picked myself last week bar Ohora for Vaughan and let him switch wit boyle as he more suited to half back. Great men think alike lol. A win on sunday would be massive. even a draw would be good. Rochy will field strong team starting with a bit of experiment and ending with a bit of it. To get the right mix is key. I like the look of workrate of the newcomers. Twill be new outing for them in cork but now is there time to show rochy that they can do a job. Please god i will be in cork. The legendary Brian Clough once said that the key to getting the most out of your players is making them feel relaxed. Twas a phycology that brought great success.

  13. Interesting point re Clough.
    My best club games were always when I got the classic “We’re stuck for numbers” text.
    Yer not thinking about playing a game so you approach it like a back garden game.
    The more you build it up in yer head, you simply try too hard.

  14. Thats it jp nail on the head. We see it to often. We need to relax. Take it slow and let the good times roll lol i sound like stifler from american pie lolol

  15. For what it’s worth I’m over here in Tenerife tonight and I got talking to a nemo rangers man who reckons mayo will plough through this weak cork team He has little faith in the team selected. Let’s hope he’s right He told me by the way that the guy Martin selected is Michael martins son (finna fail) We’ve lined up a tv tomorrow to watch the match together. I really hope this Rochford era will be special. Best of luck to my beloved mayo

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