Hogan gets the nod at midfield

THE man who scored one of the most spectacular goals ever in an All-Ireland final in the defeat of Tipperary last year has been included in the Kilkenny team to face Galway in the MacCarthy Cup showdown in Croke Park on Sunday, writes John Knox.

THE man who scored one of the most spectacular goals ever in an All-Ireland final in the defeat of Tipperary last year has been included in the Kilkenny team to face Galway in the MacCarthy Cup showdown in Croke Park on Sunday, writes John Knox.

Richie Hogan, who missed the semi-final because of suspension, has been picked on the starting XV. The Danesfort man gained the nod at midfield, where he will partner last year’s player of the season, Michael Fennelly.

The former St Kieran’s College and under-age star is a proven big game performer, and manager Brian Cody had no hesitation in picking him, even it is in a most unusual position. Hogan takes over from the injured Michael Rice, who had a finger smashed in the semi-final and won’t play again this season.

The team went along expected lines once it was decided who would take over from Rice. However, it is unlikely that the team will lineout as selected because Hogan is expected to feature in attack at some stage.

Joy for Richie Hogan meant disappointment for under-21 star, Cillian Buckley, who had pushed all the way to be included in the starting team.

Kilkenny (SH v Galway) - David Herity, Paul Murphy, J.J. Delaney, Jackie Tyrrell, Tommy Walsh, Brian Hogan, Kieran Joyce, Michael Fennelly, Richie Hogan, Henry Shefflin, T.J. Reid, Eoin Larkin (capt), Colin Fennelly, Richie Power, Aidan Fogarty. Subs - Eoin Murphy, Noel Hickey, Richie Doyle, Conor Fogarty, John Tennyson, Paddy Hogan, Cillian Buckley, Matt Ruth, Walter Walsh, Mark Kelly, Joe Brennan.