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2016 All-Ireland finalists Cork and Dublin unveil starting sides for league semi-final clash

Nowlan Park hosts Saturday’s game.

Marie Ambrose with Niamh McEvoy Cork and Dublin to renew acquaintances on Saturday. Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

LAST YEAR’S ALL-Ireland ladies football finalists Cork and Dublin have unveiled their starting sides ahead of Saturday’s Lidl Division 1 league semi-final.

Reigning All-Ireland champions Cork can call upon eight players from last September’s victorious starting team – goalkeeper Martina O’Brien, the defensive quartet of Marie Ambrose, Bríd Stack, Róisín Phelan and Shauna Kelly, and the attacking trio of Annie Walsh, Ciara O’Sullivan and Orla Finn.

Corner-forward Eimear Scally came on as a substitute in that game in Croke Park.

Dublin can call upon ten players that started that match. Ciara Trant again starts in goal while defenders Olwen Carey, Leah Caffrey and Sinead Finnegan are also included.

Midfield duo Lauren Magee and Niamh Collins both started in that clash, along with the attacking quartet of Noelle Healy, Carla Rowe, Niamh McEvoy and Sinead Aherne.

Throw-in at Nowlan Park on Saturday is 3.30pm while Donegal face Galway in the second semi-final on Sunday in Markievicz Park.

Cork

1. Martina O’Brien (Clonakilty)

2. Marie Ambrose (St Val’s)
3. Roisin Phelan (Aghada)
4. Emma Spillane (Bantry Blues)

5. Melissa Duggan (Dohenys)
6. Bríd Stack (St Mary’s)
7. Shauna Kelly (Araglen Desmonds Buí)

8. Niamh Cotter (Beara)
9. Jess O’Shea (Inch Rovers)

10. Libby Coppinger (St Colum’s)
11. Bríd O’Sullivan (Mourneabbey)
12. Annie Walsh (Inch Rovers)

13. Eimear Scally (Éire Óg)
14. Ciara O’Sullivan (Mourneabbey)
15. Orla Finn (Kinsale)

Dublin

1. Ciara Trant (St Brigid’s)

2. Fiona Hudson (Fingallians)
3. Sinead Finnegan (Fingallians)
4. Sinead O’Mahony (Skerries Harps)

5. Martha Byrne (Cuala)
6. Olwen Carey (Thomas Davis)
7. Leah Caffrey (Na Fianna)

8. Lauren Magee (Kilmacud Crokes)
9. Niamh Collins (Foxrock-Cabinteely)

10. Rebecca McDonnell (Clanna Gael Fontenoy)
11. Noelle Healy (St Brigid’s)
12. Carla Rowe (Clann Mhuire)

13. Sinead Aherne (St Sylvester’s)
14. Niamh McEvoy (St Sylvester’s)
15. Siobhan Woods (Raheny)


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