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All Ireland Football Championship: Cork captain Canty winning fitness race to lead title assault

By Colm Keys

Cork skipper Graham Canty took part in his first full training session last night as Cork began to wind down their preparations for Sunday's All-Ireland football final.

Canty limped out of the All-Ireland semi final win over Dublin and has been involved in only light training since that game.

But his presence for the full session last night has moved him closer to the prospect of leading Cork out for a third All-Ireland final in four years.

It is expected that the captain will be named with a further review of his condition likely over the weekend.

Cork are not due to finalise their team until tomorrow night with other key calls on places in defence and attack.

Eoin Cadogan is pressing hard for inclusion, possibly at John Miskella's expense, after his impressive cameo against Cork.

In attack, Colm O'Neill has also made a strong case for himself with his semi-final impact but Ciaran Sheehan is still thought to be favourite to be selected at full-forward.

O'Neill was Cork's goal scorer in last year's All-Ireland final and earned the penalty which threw Cork the lifeline against Dublin.

Down are now unlikely to follow the lead of the Kilkenny hurlers and Kildare footballers by risking Ambrose Rodgers.

Rodgers sustained cruciate ligament damage in August and missed the semi-final win over Kildare. But with limited training under his belt Rodgers is now unlikely to pay any part in the match.

Down have far less taxing decisions to make when they finalise their team tomorrow night and are expected to name the same team that started against Kildare.

With Sunday's final a sell-out, the GAA yesterday issued a warning about the sale and purchase to and from touts with special emphasis on online touts who have sprung up with greater regularity in recent years.

“In September every year a number of tickets end up in the hands of touts, both the traditional 'street touts' and in more recent years with 'online touts'.

The provision of tickets to these touts is contrary to the GAA ticket rules,” a statement read.

*Niall Moyna will not be seeking the vacant Monaghan football management job, preferring instead to devote his attention to DCU and Dublin, where he is a key component of Pat Gilroy's back-room team.

Moyna, who has helped to devise Dublin's fitness programme under Gilroy, is one of four names nominated for the position which has come up for grabs since the county board batted back a proposal to give Seamus McEnaney another three years in charge.

Moyna says, however, that he hasn't been approached and has no interest, in the current climate, in returning to work with his native county.

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