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Blow for Cork as nine-time All-Star ruled out of All-Ireland decider

Gemma O’Connor limped off during Cork’s All-Ireland semi-final victory over Galway.

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CORK’S BID TO win back the All-Ireland senior camogie title has been dealt a blow, with the omission of injured defender Gemma O’Connor from the starting XV for Sunday’s final.

It was expected that O’Connor would fail to be fit for selection, with Eimear O’Sullivan coming in to replace her.

O’Connor limped off with a knee injury in the second half of her side’s All-Ireland semi-final victory over Galway, having previously sustained an ankle problem.

Cork boss Paudie Murray subsequently told the Evening Echo that he was forced to rule her out of selection for the rematch against the Cats.

A statement from Cork camogie confirms that hopes of her regaining her fitness before Sunday appear to have been dashed.

O’Connor is a nine-time All-Star, who has played in 12 All-Ireland finals.

Meanwhile, captain Rena Buckley will lead the side from full-back while Ashling Thompson and Orla Cotter also get the nod for the crunch tie in Croke Park [throw-in, 4pm].

The full team is:

1. Aoife Murray

2. Pamela Mackey
3. Rena Buckley (Captain)
4. Laura Treacy
17. Meabh Cahalane
9. Ashling Thompson
7. Chloe Sigerson
8. Libby Coppinger
5. Eimear O’Sullivan
10. Amy O’Connor
11. Orla Cronin
12. Orla Cotter
13. Hannah Looney
14. Niamh McCarthy
15. Katrina Mackey

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