CORK boss Conor Counihan has made just one change to his side ahead of Sunday’s crucial All-Ireland quarter-final fixture with Kildare.
Counihan has drafted in Graham Canty at centre-back, at the expense of Eoin Cotter, who is named among the substitutes.
Canty’s addition is a welcome boost for the Rebels, who are still hotly tipped to win this year’s senior football championship.
The Bantry Blues man has been unavailable for much of this year due to injury, but his presence in the half-back line will certainly add to Cork’s chances.
Kildare, meanwhile, have named an unchanged 15 following their win over Sligo last weekend in the qualifiers.
Manager Kieran McGeeney has kept faith with his side, as they bid to reach the semi-final stages of this year’s competition, and face either Donegal or Kerry.
Following their surprise defeat to Meath earlier this month in the Leinster championship, McGeeney’s side have been keen to prove themselves, but Sunday’s clash is undoubtedly their biggest challenge thus far.
“Sport is no different to anything else in life and you have to believe in yourself first and foremost and that’s the fundamental difference between the top teams and the also rans,” the Kildare boss said earlier this week.
“You hope that these guys believe in themselves, but you’re also only a headline away from going the other direction too.”
Cork’s defensive rear-guard has the potential to be hugely exposed, and with a Kildare full-forward line of Johnny Doyle, James Kavanagh and Tomas O’Connor, the Lilywhites may cause an upset in Croke Park on Sunday.
However, the Cork forward line is oozing with class, with players such as Ciaran Sheehan, Colm O’Neill and Donnacha O’Connor possessing the ability to cause havoc in the Kildare back-line.
Throw-in at Croke Park on Sunday is at 2pm.
Cork (vs Kildare): A Quirke; R Carey, M Shields, E Cadogan; P Kissane, G Canty, N O’Leary; A O’Connor, A Walsh; F Goold, C Sheehan, P Kerrigan; C O’Neill, D O’Connor, N Murphy.
Kildare (vs Cork): S Connolly; O Lyons, P Kelly, H McGrillen; E Bolton, M O’Flaherty, E Doyle; M Foley, R Kelly; E O’Flaherty, M Conway, A Smith; J Doyle, T O’Connor, J Kavanagh.