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Cork pick new faces for opening 2017 senior hurling clash

Alan Cadogan, Michael Breen, Seamus Kennedy, Jamie Barron, Tom Devine and Conor Gleeson will all take the field for UCC.

Attacker Conor Lehane is one of the most experienced members of the starting XV.
Attacker Conor Lehane is one of the most experienced members of the starting XV.
Image: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

CORK BOSS KIERAN Kingston has named an experimental side to face UCC in the annual Canon Michael O’Brien Cup on Friday night.

The Rebels face Kerry in the Munster senior hurling league two days later on Sunday and Kingston will likely make wholesale changes to the team for that local derby.

Tomorrow night, the likes of Patrick Collins, Conor Lehane and Daniel Kearney will make their seasonal debuts, while the team for Sunday’s clash against Kerry has yet to be named.

Alan Cadogan will be lining out for UCC against his county, while Michael Breen, Seamus Kennedy (both Tipperary), Jamie Barron, Tom Devine and Conor Gleeson (all Waterford) are all expected to start for the college outfit.

Alan Cadogan Alan Cadogan in action for UCC. Source: James Crombie/INPHO

This is the fifth year the game will take place between Cork and UCC to honour the late, great Blackrock native Canon O’Brien, who managed the Rebels between 1983-85 and 89-93.

The giant of Cork hurling famously coached UCC to 10 Fitzgibbon Cup titles, including eight in-a-row in the 1980s.

The game throws in at the Mardyke GAA Grounds at 7pm.

Cork (to play UCC)

1. Patrick Collins – Ballinhassig

2. Jack Sheehan – Erins Own
3. Eddie Gunning – Na Piarsaigh
4. Darren Browne – Kanturk

5. Sean O’Donoghue – Inniscarra
6. Alan O’Callaghan – Blackrock
7. Cormac Murphy – Mallow

8. Chris O’Leary – Valley Rovers
9. Billy Hennessy – St Finbarr’s

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10. Conor Lehane – Midleton
11. Luke Meade – Newcestown
12. Daniel Kearney – Sarsfields

13. Tim O’Mahony – Newtownshandrum
14. Michael O’Halloran – Blackrock
15. Darren O’Driscoll – Carrigtwohill

Subs:

16. Declan Dalton – Fr O’ Neills
17. John Cashman – Blackrock
18. Eoghan Murphy – Sarsfields
19. David Dooling – Glen Rovers
20. Sean Hayes –  Mallow
21. Paul Leopold – Sarsfields

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