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Galway and Kilkenny both show their hand for All-Ireland minor hurling final

The sides go head-to-head for the crown in Croke Park on Sunday.

A view of the All-Ireland minor hurling trophy (file pic).
A view of the All-Ireland minor hurling trophy (file pic).
Image: Tommy Dickson/INPHO

GALWAY AND KILKENNY have shown their hand for their 2018 All-Ireland minor hurling final showdown in Croke Park on Sunday (throw-in 1pm, live on TG4).

The Tribesmen are reigning champions — they beat Cork in last year’s decider — and are contesting their third final at this grade in four years.

They’ve made one change to the starting side that beat Dublin by 15 points in the semi-final — Padraig Pearses’ Oisin Flannery replaces Sean McDonagh at centre-half forward.

Kilkenny meanwhile are in their first All-Ireland minor hurling final since 2014. The Cats beat Tipperary in the last four clash to seal their date with the holders at HQ.

They’ve also made one personnel change to the fifteen that started that day — Killian Hogan comes into the full-forward line in place of Dan Coogan while there are several positional changes in attack.

Galway

1. Patrick Rabbitte (Athenry)

2. Michael Flynn (Ballygar)
3. Shane Jennings (Ballinasloe)
4. Oisin Salmon (Clarinbridge)

5. Shane Quirke (Athenry)
6. Sean Neary (Castlegar) — captain
7. Evan Duggan (St.Thomas’)

8. Jason O’Donoghue (Gort)
9. Oisin Flannery (St.Thomas’)

10. Diarmuid Kilcommins (Annaghdown)
11. Oisin Flannery (Padraig Pearses)
12. Adam Brett (Killimordaly)

13. Niall Collins (Cappataggle)
14. Donal O’Shea (Salthill-Knocknacarra)
15. Dean Reilly (Padraig Pearses)

Kilkenny

1. Jason Brennan (Young Irelands)

2. Pádraig Dempsey (Mullinavat)
3. Jamie Young (O’Loughlin Gaels)
4. Dylan Crehan (Dunnamaggin)

5. Darragh Maher (St. Lachtains)
6. Shane Staunton (Clara)
7. Jamie Harkin (Bennettsbridge)

8. Conor Kelly (O’Loughlin Gaels)
9. Cian Kenny (James Stephens)

10. Ciarán Brennan (Bennettsbridge)
11. Jack Buggy (Erins Own)
12. George Murphy (Rower Inistioge)

13. Cathal O’Leary (St. Lachtains)
14. Jack Morrissey (St. Patricks)
15. Killian Hogan (Mooncoin)

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