Cats make three changes for replay

Trevor Spillane


Trevor Spillane

Paul Murphy (Kilkenny) in action against Patrick Maher (Tipperary) during the drawn All-Ireland senior hurling final.
Kilkenny have made three changes to their team for Saturday’s All-Ireland senior hurling final replay against Tipperary.

Kilkenny have made three changes to their team for Saturday’s All-Ireland senior hurling final replay against Tipperary.

Cats boss Brian Cody has drafted Padraig Walsh, Kieran Joyce and John Power into his side for the Croke Park clash against the Premier County (throw-in 5pm).

Walsh and Joyce will line out on the half-back line, replacing Joey Holden and Brian Hogan respectively. Power will join his older brother Richie on the full-forward line, where he will play in place of Walter Walsh.

Henry Shefflin, who is in the hunt for a tenth All-Ireland medal, will start from the bench.

Padraig Walsh was a starter in all of Kilkenny’s championship games bar the drawn final, where he was a 60th minute replacement for Holden. Joyce was a sub in the Offaly game and started the drawn Leinster semi-final against Galway, but has not played in the championship since. John Power came off the bench in the Galway replay and was named in the starting team for the Leinster final against Dublin, where he scored one point. He was an injury-time sub for Richie Hogan in the drawn game.

Kilkenny team - 1 Eoin Murphy (Glenmore), 2 Paul Murphy (Danesfort), 3 J.J. Delaney (Fenians), 4 Jackie Tyrrell (James Stephens), 5 Padraig Walsh (Tullaroan), 6 Kieran Joyce (Rower-Inistioge), 7 Killian Buckley (Dicksboro), 8 Richie Hogan (Danesfort), 9 Conor Fogarty (Erin’s Own), 10 Michael Fennelly (Ballyhale Shamrocks), 11 Colin Fennelly (Ballyhale Shamrocks), 12 Eoin Larkin (James Stephens), 13 Richie Power (Carrickshock), 14 T.J. Reid (Ballyhale Shamrocks), 15 John Power (Carrickshock). Subs: 16 David Herity (Dunnamaggin), 17 Brian Hogan (O’Loughlin Gaels), 18 Joey Holden (Ballyhale Shamrocks), 19 Brian Kennedy (St Lachtain’s), 20 Lester Ryan (Clara), 21 Tommy Walsh (Tullaroan), 22 Henry Shefflin (Ballyhale Shamrocks), 23 Aidan Fogarty (Emeralds), 24 Walter Walsh (Tullogher-Rosbercon), 26 Mark Kelly (O’Loughlin Gaels), 26 Jonjo Farrell (Thomastown).

Unchanged Tipp

Tipperary have named an unchanged team for Saturday’s game. Lar Corbett will start his sixth All-Ireland senior final in search of his third medal. Padraic Maher, Paddy Stapleton, Shane McGrath, Noel McGrath and team captain Brendan Maher will start their fifth All-Ireland senior final.

Tipperary team - 1 Darren Gleeson (Portroe), 2 Cathal Barrett (Holycross-Ballycahill), 3 Padraic Maher (Thurles Sarsfields), 4 Paddy Stapleton (Borris-Ileigh), 5 Brendan Maher (Borris-Ileigh), 6 James Barry (Upperchurch-Drombane), 7 Kieran Bergin (Killenaule), 8 Shane McGrath (Ballinahinch), 9 James Woodlock (Drom & Inch), 10 Gearóid Ryan (Templederry Kenyons), 11 Patrick Maher (Lorrha-Dorrha), 12 John O’Dwyer (Killenaule), 13 Noel McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney), 14 Seamus Callanan (Drom & Inch), 15 Lar Corbett (Thurles Sarsfields).