GAA: Cork announce team to face Sligo in Saturday's All-Ireland SFC qualifier
Last Updated: 26/07/14 4:33pm
Brian Cuthbert has made six changes to his starting line-up
Cork manager Brian Cuthbert has made rung the changes for Saturday’s All-Ireland SFC qualifier against Sligo in Tullamore, live on Sky.
The Rebels crashed to a 12-point defeat to Kerry in the Munster final earlier this month and Cuthbert has reacted by making six changes to his starting line-up.
Brian O’Driscoll comes in at wing-back with captain Michael Shields switching to the other wing as James Loughrey moves into the corner.
Ian Maguire is named at midfield with Mark Collins, Colm O’Driscoll, Colm O’Neill and Donal Óg Hodnett selected in the forwards.
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Dual player Damien Cahalane drops down to the bench, along with Fintan Goold, Patrick Kelly, Daniel Goulding, Barry O’Driscoll and John O’Rourke.
Cork’s other two dual performers – Eoin Cadogan and Aidan Walsh – do keep their places, but the dropping of the likes of Goold, Kelly and Goulding reflects the manager’s desire for something a lot different to what was presented against Kerry.
Saturday’s game marks just the third championship meeting between the counties, Cork winning the previous two clashes in 2005 and 2007.
The first was also a fourth-round qualifier, Cork winning 3-13 to 0-11 in Portlaoise, followed by the 2007 All-Ireland quarter-final in Croke Park, Cork taking that by 1-11 to 0-8.
Cork are also bidding to reach the All-Ireland quarter-finals for the 11th time, while Sligo have only done so twice.
Sligo have a big worry over star forward David Kelly, who suffered a hamstring strain on Sunday in a squad training session. Manager Pat Flanagan has also has concerns over Brendan Egan, Pat Hughes and Johnny Martyn.
Cork: K O’Halloran; J Loughrey, E Cadogan, N Galvin; M Shields, T Clancy, B O’Driscoll; I Maguire, A Walsh; P Kerrigan, M Collins, C O’Driscoll; C O’Neill, B Hurley, D Óg Hodnett.
Watch Cork v Sligo live on Sky Sports 3 on Saturday from 4.30pm