Live score commentary updates from Cork v Kerry preview in the Munster SFC Semi-Final, 2pm Sunday 10th June, Páirc Uí Chaoimh
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Conor Counihan has no injury worries ahead of his Cork’s side meeting with Kerry on Sunday afternoon, meaning that some tough calls will have to be made.
“We’re looking okay,” said Counihan.
“Everyone is injury free and there’ll be some tough decisions to be made. You wonder sometimes is it a matter of ticking a number of boxes each year or doing something different because you have to take very game on its own merits.”
“But I’m looking forward to it. Cork and Kerry have their own rivalry and everyone loves bragging rights.”
With Daniel Goulding fit again and Ciaran Sheehan having made a full recovery from a cruciate ligament injury in last year’s Munster final, Cork will be hoping to advance to the final at the expense of the “old enemy”.
Jack O’ Connor has made four changes to his Kerry side including the return of Kieran Donaghy to full forward.
O’ Connor has also turned to Marc Ó’ Sé at corner back, Aidan O’ Mahoney at full-back and Seamus Scanlon in midfield to secure a final berth. The Kingdom boss believes that Kerry cannot afford to lose this match and would struggle to bounce back if they did.
“You see every one of these games as a big game because, if you win, it gives you great confidence to drive on, whereas if you lose it, psychologically, it can be damaging. That’s the big danger,” said O’Connor.
“When you lose one of these big games, you start questioning yourself and players starting questioning themselves. It’s happened in the past.
“We lost to Cork in 2006 and 2009. We recovered after both of those setbacks to win the All-Ireland but it took an awful lot of hard work.
“It can be a long road back because players themselves and supporters can start doubting you, and then it can snowball. I’d much prefer to win games like this and take the front door.”
Cork – Alan Quirke, Ray Carey, Michael Shields, Eoin Cadogan, Paudie Kissane, Graham Canty, Noel O Leary, Alan O’Connor, Aidan Walsh, Fintan Goold, Pearse O’Neill, Patrick Kelly, Colm O’Neill, Donncha O’Connor, Paul Kerrigan.
Kerry – Brendan Kealy, Marc Ó Sé, Aidan O’Mahony, Killian Young, Tomás Ó Sé, Eoin Brosnan, Peter Crowley, Anthony Maher, Seamus Scanlon, Paul Galvin, Declan O’Sullivan, Darran O’Sullivan, Colm Cooper, Kieran Donaghy, Kieran O’Leary.