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Goulding and O'Connor return to Cork team to face Dublin in league semi-final

The sides clash in Croke Park next Sunday afternoon.

Cork's Daniel Goulding.
Cork's Daniel Goulding.
Image: Ken Sutton/INPHO

CORK HAVE BROUGHT attackers Daniel Goulding and Donncha O’Connor back into their starting side for Sunday’s Division 1 league semi-final against Dublin.

Injuries to Colm O’Driscoll (calf) and Barry O’Driscoll (broken thumb) rule them both out after they had played last Sunday against Kerry.

Goulding starts at corner-forward while O’Connor is named at centre-forward for the trip to Croke Park.

Injuries also remove Aidan Walsh, Eoin Cadogan and Donal Óg Hodnett (all hamstring) and John O’Rourke (groin) from manager Brian Cuthbert’s plans.

In better news Ruairi Deane received news yesterday from his surgeon that his knee injury does not now require surgery and he will return to training following another two weeks of rehab.

The Cork substitutes will be announced on Thursday as there are a number of injury concerns.

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Tom Clancy, James Loughrey, Damien Cahalane, Mark Collins, Goulding and Brian Hurley are the six survivors from the starting side when Cork lost to Dublin in last August’s All-Ireland quarter-final. Paul Kerrigan, Jamie O’Sullivan and O’Connor all came on as substitutes in that game.

CORK: Ken O’Halloran (Bishopstown); Michael Shields (St. Finbarr’s – Captain), Jamie O’Sullivan (Bishopstown), Tom Clancy (Clonakilty); James Loughrey (Mallow), Patrick Kelly (Ballincollig), Damien Cahalane (Castlehaven); Fintan Goold (Macroom), Andrew O’Sullivan (Castletownbere); Mark Collins (Castlehaven), Donncha O’Connor (Ballydesmond), Paul Kerrigan (Nemo Rangers); Daniel Goulding (Éire Óg), Brian Hurley (Castlehaven), John Hayes (Carbery Rangers).

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