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Waterford hand football debut for Cork game to forward with senior and U21 hurling experience

The sides meet at the Fraher Field on Saturday night.

THERE’S ONE SENIOR championship debut handed out by the Waterford footballers for Saturday’s Munster opener and it’s to a forward with senior and U21 hurling experience.

Donie Breathnach Donie Breathnach in action in the Munster U21 hurling championship in 2014. Source: James Crombie/INPHO

An Rinn club man Donie Breathnach is named to start at corner-forward for the clash with Cork in the Fraher Field at 7pm.

Breathnach featured for the Waterford U21 hurlers in 2014 when they lost out to Cork in the Munster semi-final. Tadhg de Búrca, Jamie Barron, Jake Dillon and Austin Gleeson were amongst his team-mates on that U21 side.

Donie Breathnach and Cian Buckley Donie Breathnach in action against Cork's Cian Buckley in the 2014 Munster U21 semi-final. Source: James Crombie/INPHO

In 2015 he was brought in by Derek McGrath to the senior squad for the early stages of the season, lining out in the Waterford Crystal Cup and in Division 1B of the hurling league against Laois.

There is also a first championship start for wing-forward Conor Murray from Rathgormack, who came on as a substitute in last year’s defeats to Tipperary in the Munster quarter-final and to Leitrim in the All-Ireland qualifiers.

Waterford manager Tom McGlinchey is able to call on 11 of the Deise side that started in that defeat to Leitrim with Breathnach, Murray, midfielder Michael Curry and centre-forward Paul Whyte, who captains the team, the additions to the starting side.

Waterford finished sixth in Division 4 of this year’s Allianz football league, picking up two victories in their opening games against London and Wicklow.

Tom McGlinchey Waterford football manager Tom McGlinchey. Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

Waterford

1. Stephen Enright (Ballinacourty)

2. Brian Looby (Ballinacourty)
3. Thomas O’Gorman (The Nire)
4. Tadhg Ó hUallacháin (An Rinn)

5. James McGrath (The Nire)
6. Stephen Prendergast (Kilrossanty)
7. Ray Ó Ceallaigh (An Rinn)

8. Tommy Prendergast (Kilrossanty)
9. Michael Curry (Rathgormack)

10. Michael O’Halloran (Ballinacourty)
11. Paul Whyte (Kilrossanty – captain)
12. Conor Murray (Rathgormack)

13. Donie Breathnach (An Rinn)
14. Joey Veale (Kilrossanty)
15. Gavin Crotty (Dungarvan)

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