Cork have just named their team for Sunday’s crunch NFL Division One clash with our lads at McHale Park this coming Sunday (where the throw-in is set for 2pm, i.e. NOT 2.30pm and while you’re at it don’t forget that the clocks go forward on Saturday night too).
Conor Counihan has made two changes to the team that started in last Sunday’s defeat to Kerry, with Alan Quirke replacing Ken O’Halloran in goals while Noel O’Leary comes in for Eoin Cadogan at wing-back. Here’s the Rebels’ starting fifteen for Sunday:
Cork (NFL Division One v Mayo, 25/3/2012): Alan Quirke (Valley Rovers); Ray Carey (Clyda Rovers), Michael Shields (St. Finbarr’s), Eoin Cotter (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), Mark Collins (Castlehaven), Patrick Kelly (Ballincollig); Colm O’Neill (Ballyclough), Aidan Walsh (Kanturk), Donncha O’Connor (Ballydesmond).
Incidentally, that team contains no fewer than eleven of the side that lined out against us in last year’s All-Ireland quarter-final, with only Ray Carey, Graham Canty, Mark Collins and Colm O’Neill not starting for the Donkey Ayters that day.
Also, in case you haven’t heard yet, our match on Sunday is the deferred coverage game on TG4, which, in turn, means that we might finally get a mention on RTÉ’s laughably awful League Sunday highlights programme. Better put on a show for Smirking Michael Lyster and his pals, then.
There’s no word as yet on when we’ll be naming our team for Sunday – so far this year we’ve tended to do so either on the Friday or the Saturday and it looks like it’ll be one or the other again this time around too.