Some team news for Saturday’s match

There’s a short report in today’s Indo that provides some details about how the sides are shaping up for the match on Saturday night. It confirms what was already known about the injuries to Messrs Brady, O’Neill and Mortimor but states that Ciaran Mac definitely won’t feature in the Pairc Ui Rinn clash. No surprises there, I guess. The report also states that Cork’s wing-forward Kevin MacMahon, who missed the Dublin game due to ‘flu, is recovered and available for selection.

The report also quotes Cork selector John Corcoran who says they remain confident of escaping the drop to Division 3 for next year. After playing us, they have Fermanagh (away) and Limerick (at home) in their final two outings so they could conceivably finish on 8 points. Corcoran claims this could be enough to claim a play-off place but I don’t think he’s got the maths right there: I think ten points will be needed to have any hopes of a top two finish. It would, however, be enough for them to retain their Division 1 status and so, no more than ourselves, they’ll have every incentive to battle hard to secure the two league points on offer.

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