Cork this evening came out of the traps early with their team announcement for Sunday’s NFL Division One match against us at MacHale Park (thanks to HopeSpringsEternal and JPM for the heads-up on this). Here’s the team and list of subs named by Brian Cuthbert tonight:
Cork (NFL Division One v Mayo, 15/3/2014): Ken O’Halloran (Bishopstown); Michael Shields (St Finbarr’s), Eoin Cadogan (Douglas), Kevin Crowley (Millstreet); Conor Dorman (Bishopstown), Tom Clancy (Clonakilty), Alan Cronin (Nemo Rangers); Andrew O’Sullivan (Castletownbere), Aidan Walsh (Kanturk); Colm O’Driscoll (Tadhg MacCárthaigh), Paul Kerrigan (Nemo Rangers), Tomás Clancy (Fermoy); Colm O’Neill (Ballyclough), Brian Hurley (Castlehaven), Donncha O’Connor (Ballydesmond). Subs: David Hanrahan (Douglas), John McLoughlin (Kanturk), James Loughrey (Mallow), Kevin O’Driscoll (Tadhg MacCárthaigh), Fintan Goold (Macroom), Micheál O Laoire (Naomh Abán), Barry O’Driscoll (Nemo Rangers), Mark Collins (Castlehaven), John O’Rourke (Carbery Rangers), John Hayes (Carbery Rangers), Daniel Goulding (Eire Óg).
The above team shows all of eight changes from the one that started in the narrow win over Derry last Sunday. Into the starting fifteen for Sunday come Eoin Cadogan, Kevin Crowley, Conor Dorman, Tom Clancy, Aidan Walsh, Colm O’Driscoll, Colm O’Neill and Donncha O’Connor while out go James Loughrey, John McLoughlin and Kevin O’Driscoll (i.e. the entire half-back line from last Sunday), as well as Fintan Goold, Mark Collins, John O’Rourke, Daniel Goulding and John Hayes. There’s a fair bit of positional switching from last Sunday’s team too.
The last time we played the Rebels was that final round league match at Páirc Uí Chaoimh in April last year where we dug out a morale-boosting win, one that not only secured our Division One status but also landed us an unexpected place in the NFL semi-finals. Cork will field just six players from that game on Sunday (O’Halloran, Shields, Clancy (Tomas), Walsh, O’Sullivan and Kerrigan) and, of course, they have a new management team on the sideline this year as well.