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The Banner and the Cats keep the faith

The teams have been announced for Saturday’s Bord Gáis Energy All-Ireland U21HC final in Thurles.

Clare joint manager's Donal Moloney and Gerry O'Connor with Kilkenny manager Richie Mulrooney ahead of Saturday's clash.
Clare joint manager's Donal Moloney and Gerry O'Connor with Kilkenny manager Richie Mulrooney ahead of Saturday's clash.
Image: INPHO/Donall Farmer

BOTH CLARE AND Kilkenny have resisted the temptation to make changes for Saturday’s Bord Gáis Energy All-Ireland U21 hurling championship final in Semple Stadium.

Clare joint managers Donal Moloney and Gerry O’Connor have stuck with the side that were convincing winners over Antrim at the semi-final stage while Kilkenny boss Richie Mulrooney has also named an unchanged team from that which defeated Galway in the last four.

Two members of the Clare side – wing back Patrick O’Connor and full-forward Conor McGrath – both came on as substitutes during the counties meeting in the All-Ireland U21 final in 2009. From the Clare team that started the 2010 All-Ireland minor final there are six survivors – Ronan Taaffe, Paul Flanagan, Seadna Morey, Colm Galvin, Tony Kelly and Padraic Collins.

While the Kilkenny team that faced them from the off in that game have 11 survivors – Dylan Walsh, Jason Corcoran, Willie Phelan, Brian Kennedy, Luke Harney, Ollie Walsh, Kevin Kelly, Padraig Walsh, Cillian Buckley, John Power and Ger Aylward.

CLARE U21H: Ronan Taaffe (Tubber); Paul Flanagan (Ballyea), David McInerney (Tulla), Killian Ryan (Ruan); Patrick O’Connor (Tubber), Conor Ryan (Cratloe), Seadna Morey (Sixmilebridge); Colm Galvin (Clonlara), Shane Golden (Sixmilebridge); Tony Kelly (Ballyea), Padraic Collins (Cratloe), Aaron Cunningham (Wolfe Tones); Cathal McInerney (Cratloe), Conor McGrath (Cratloe), Cathal O’Connell (Clonlara).
KILKENNY U21H: Dylan Walsh (Thomastown); Jason Corcoran (John Lockes), Willie Phelan (Dunamaggin), Brian Kennedy (St Lachtain’s); Luke Harney (Kilmacow), Richie Doyle (Barrow Rangers), Joe Lyng (Rower Inistioge); Geoff Brennan (St Patrick’s), Ollie Walsh (Dicksboro); Kevin Kelly (St Patrick’s), Padraig Walsh (Tullaroan), Cillian Buckley (Dicksboro); Walter Walsh (Tullogher-Rosbercon), John Power (Carrickshock), Ger Aylward (Glenmore).

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