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Conor McManus to make first league start for Monaghan as Cork name team to face Clare

There’s plenty of football league action to look forward to this weekend.

Monaghan's Conor McManus.
Monaghan's Conor McManus.
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CONOR MCMANUS IS set to make his first start of the league campaign for Monaghan as they prepare to face Tyrone in Round 3 of the Division 1 North at Healy Park on Saturday evening [throw-in, 7.30pm].

McManus is named to start at full-forward as Andrew Woods makes way in the only change from the team that played out a draw against Donegal last weekend. McManus earns a place in the first 15 after scoring 1-2 from the bench in that game.

Rory Beggan will take up his usual place between the sticks, while Ryan Wylie brings plenty of experience to the full-back line. 

Karl O’Connell starts again at half-back with Darren Hughes and Killian Lavelle forming the midfield partnership.

Elsewhere, Cork have made one change to the side that defeated Laois as they prepare to face Clare in their crucial Division 2 South clash this Sunday [throw-in, 1.45pm - TG4].

Tadhg Corkery has been named to start at wing-back as Kevin O’Donovan drops to bench.

Sean Meehan and Mattie Taylor complete the half-back line while Ian Maguire and Paul Walsh pair up at midfield.

Sean White an Ruairi Deane, who both scored goals in last weekend’s win over Laois, have been retained in attack, as John O’Rourke, Ciaran Sheehan and Luke Connolly have been selected in the full-forward line once again.

Cathail O’Mahony and Brian Hurley have returned to the squad after missing the Laois game.

Liam O’Donovan is also named among the subsitutes. He impressed in his debut season in 2019 but was forced to miss the 2020 campaign with a torn cruciate.

Cork’s win against Laois eases their relegation fears somewhat but they will more than likely still need a win against Clare to avoid a relegation playoff.

Monaghan Team v Tyrone

1. Rory Beggan [Scotstown]

2. Kieran Duffy [Latton]
3. Conor Boyle [Clontibret]
4. Ryan Wylie [Ballybay]

5. Karl O’Connell [Tyholland]
6. Karl McMenamin [Carrickmacross]
7. Ryan McAnespie [Emyvale]

8. Darren Hughes [Scotstown]
9. Killian Lavelle [Clontibret]

10. Stephen O’Hanlon [Carrickmacross]
11. Aaron Mulligan [Latton]
12. Micheál Bannigan [Aughnamullen]

13. Conor McCarthy [Scotstown]
14. Conor McManus [Clontibret]
15. Seán Jones [Inniskeen]

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Cork Team v Clare

1. Mícheál Martin (Nemo Rangers)

2. Sean Powter (Douglas)
3. Daniel O’Mahony (Knocknagree)
4. Kevin Flahive (Douglas)

5. Tadhg Corkery (Cill na Martra)
6. Sean Meehan (Kiskeam)
7. Mattie Taylor (Mallow)

8. Ian Maguire (St Finbarr’s)
9. Paul Walsh (Kanturk)

10. Sean White (Clonakilty)
11. Ruairi Deane (Bantry Blues)
12. Kevin O’Driscoll (Tadhg MacCarthaigh)

13. John O’Rourke (Carbery Rangers)
14. Ciaran Sheehan (Éire Óg)
15. Luke Connolly (Nemo Rangers)


16. Anthony Casey (Kiskeam)
17. Paul Ring (Aghabullogue)
18. Kevin O’Donovan (Nemo Rangers)
19. Liam O’Donovan (Clonakilty)
20. Cian Kiely (Ballincollig)
21. Shane Forde (Na Piarsaigh)
22. Colm O’Callaghan (Éire Óg)
23. Mark Collins (Castlehaven)
24. Damien Gore (Kilmacabea)
25. Cathail O’Mahony (Mitchelstown)
26. Brian Hurley (Castlehaven)

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