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Star forward Finn misses out through injury as Cork name All-Ireland semi-final team

The Rebels face an unchanged Meath side in Sunday’s showdown in Croke Park.

A star player for Cork through the years, Orla Finn's absence is a blow.
A star player for Cork through the years, Orla Finn's absence is a blow.
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Updated Aug 13th 2021, 12:37 PM

CORK BOSS EPHIE Fitzgerald has named his side for Sunday’s TG4 All-Ireland senior championship semi-final showdown against Meath [throw-in 3.30pm, live on TG4].

The Royals, contesting the last-four battle in their first year back in the senior ranks, have also shown their hand.

Cork’s matchday squad of 30 confirms that Orla Finn misses out on the Croke Park clash; the Kinsale sharpshooter having struggled with injury through the championship to date.

One of the best forwards — and most accurate free-takers — in the game, Finn came off after just nine minutes in the Rebels’ quarter-final win over Waterford two weeks ago.

The two-time All-Star was also forced off in the second half of last month’s group clash with Meath, while she was absent for the victory over Tipperary. It’s understood to be a calf setback.

In Cork’s only change, rising star Katie Quirke starts at full-forward in her place.

Doireann O’Sullivan, continuing her return to full fitness, is named on a strong bench, with the Leesiders understood to be contending with other injury concerns.

Meath, meanwhile, have stuck to their guns with an unchanged starting 15 to that who stunned 2020 semi-finalists Armagh in the quarter-final.

Eyeing their first senior final appearance, Eamon Murray’s side will be hoping to continue their phenomenal story and rise through the ranks by reaching a first senior final, with Vikki Wall, Emma Duggan, Emma Troy, Máire O’Shaughnessy and Stacey Grimes among the many players worth keeping an eye on.

The progress the 2020 All-Ireland intermediate champions have made over the past few years, and in their first season back in the top-flight, is nothing short of remarkable.

Cork, on the other hand, are chasing their first All-Ireland crown since 2016 and a sixth decider appearance in eight years. The Rebels won by two when these sides met in the group stages.

In the other semi-final, Dublin’s quest for five-in-a-row continues against Mayo at HQ tomorrow. The teams are named here.

Cork

1. Martina O’Brien (captain)

2. Marie Ambrose, 3. Roisin Phelan, 4. Eimear Meaney

5. Erika O’Shea, 6. Maebh Cahalane, 7. Melissa Duggan

8. Aisling Hutchings, 9. Hannah Looney

10. Laura O’Mahony, 11. Ciara O’Sullivan, 12. Áine O’Sullivan

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13. Sadhbh O’Leary, 14. Katie Quirke, 15. Eimear Scally

Meath

1. Monika McGuirk

2. Emma Troy, 3. Mary Kate Lynch, 4. Katie Newe

5. Aoibheann Leahy, 6. Aoibhin Cleary, 7. Shauna Ennis (captain)

8. Orlagh Lally, 9. Maire O’Shaughnessy

10. Orla Byrne, 11. Stacey Grimes, 12. Niamh O’Sullivan

13. Vikki Wall, 14. Emma Duggan, 15. Bridgetta Lynch.

- Originally published at 11.16am as a Cork team news piece, updated when Meath side was announced.

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