Allianz Hurling League - Division 1A Preview 09-03-2012

By Tony Cuddihy of Setanta Sports

Another huge weekend of GAA action, with top class action in both football and hurling taking place over Saturday and Sunday.


Cork manager Jimmy Barry Murphy has made two changes to his side to face Dublin at Croke Park on Sunday. Eoin Cadogan returns from injury in place of William Egan, while Darren Sweetnam makes way for Tom Kenny at midfield. Veteran star Seán Og hAilpín has thanked Murphy for bringing him back into the Cork panel, after he was dropped by Denis Walsh last year. "It was a big move in a lot of people's eyes because basically I was retired last year," O hAilpin admitted. "I'm 35 years of age this year so from a sporting perspective people might see me as a depreciating asset, but I was delighted to get the call from Jimmy. We sat down and had an honest chat. There were no huge expectations, Jimmy said, 'Look the door is open for you, come in training with the panel and see how the body is shaping up'. "The body is not so bad, probably not as good as it was five or ten years ago but I'm still able to chase the young cheetahs on the team today." Dublin, meanwhile, will be without defender Peter Kelly for the clash. Kelly twisted his left knee in the closing stages of the defeat to Galway. The news is a further blow to Dublin boss Anthony Daly, who is already without Liam Rushe, Conal Keaney, Stephen Hiney, Tomas Brady, Paul Schutte, Ross O'Carroll and David O'Callaghan.


Waterford face Kilkenny off the back of an opening round defeat to Cork, and knowing that the Cats are brimming with confidence after putting Tipperary to the sword. Kilkenny captain Eoin Larkin, for one, is expecting a Deise backlash. "Yeah, I think there will be a backlash because teams that didn't win their first game will be under pressure to win their second game," he told "They don't want to be falling down the table. "Likewise, if we get beaten we'll be slipping down the table as well and so it has the makings of a great game. "We were happy enough with the win [against Tipperary], you know. The bottom line is to get two points ahead of the Waterford game and we got that. "It's probably easier getting back into the swing of things after winning an All-Ireland. Of course, September was brilliant but once January comes around and you are back from the holiday, you know it's back to the hard work again." Waterford's Richie Foley has confirmed he will miss the whole league campaign, with the versatile Abbeyside clubman now targeting the Munster SHC clash with Clare as a return date. The Kilkenny team, meanwhile, will be named on Friday night.


With Galway's Joe Canning still sidelined with a shoulder injury, the only change to the Tribesmen's team that beat Dublin sees Bernard Burke come in at the expense of Barry Daly. Manager Anthony Cunningham will have no problems motivating his side to face the 2010 All-Ireland champions, who won the Waterford Crystal Cup last weekend to lay the ghosts of an opening day league defeat to Kilkenny to rest. Galway got their league campaign off to a flyer with a 0-20 to 0-13 win over an admittedly under strength Dublin. Niall Burke was in inspirational form for the Tribesmen, accounting for half of their overall total. Tipperary have made wholesale changes for Sunday's game. John O'Keeffe, James Woodlock, Shane McGrath, John O'Neill and Shane Bourke all come into the team in place of Shane Maher, David Young, Gearoid Ryan, Adrian Ryan and John O'Brien.


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