Belfast Telegraph

Friday 18 April 2014

Miskella can help put up the shutters

Cork ace given defensive role against Kingdom in showpiece

John Miskella knows what it is like to fire in an important goal in the pursuit of All Ireland glory.

Miskella was initially brought into the Cork attack as Billy Morgan's side stepped up their quest for the Sam Maguire Cup and played a big part in the defeat of Sligo by drilling in the goal that ultimately helped to win the game for his side.

But in tomorrow's All Ireland final against Kerry, Miskella will have a different role - he will be trying to prevent scores rather than land them.

Miskella has been pulled out of the half-forward line and stitched in at wing-back to replace the injured Anthony Lynch.

And manager Billy Morgan feels he will help to offer stiff resistance to the Kerry attack.

"Our players are versatile and we have no worries," maintains Morgan.

Conor McCarthy takes the place vacated by Miskella in attack and there is a considerable bonus for Cork in that James Masters has been passed fit to play having apparently made a full recovery from a fractured jaw.

He goes into his usual corner forward slot with Daniel Goulding making way.

While Cork manager Morgan is hoping that his amended side can come good, his Kerry counterpart Pat O'Shea has confirmed that he is more than happy to go with an unchanged line-up.

"It's a vote of confidence in the team after the Dublin match," said O'Shea who has made a couple of positional switches, "We are happy with the way the lads performed in the semi-final. We know we face a big challenge tomorrow and a few players are unfortunate to miss out.



"We have been very lucky in that the players that have come into our games over the past couple of matches, as substitutes, have changed the course of those ties in our favour. It's a panel game and everyone has a role to play."

O'Shea has already been to Croke Park this year for a final - he was in charge of the Dr Crokes side that lost to Crossmaglen Rangers in the AIB All Ireland Club final in March after a replay.

And he is now hoping to avoid a repeat of the disappointment he endured on that occasion.

Certainly, his inspirational midfeld ace Dara O Sé is among those who reckon that tomorrow's contest will be played out against a much different background to their recent meetings.

"This is an All Ireland final. It's not just like a Munster final. The really big prize is involved here," says O Sé. "Obviously we know how each other play, but basically it's down to how different players react on the day.



"And on how many fellows you can get playing well."



CORK: A Quirke; K O'Connor, G Canty, M Shields; N O'Leary, G Spillane, J Miskella; D Kavanagh, N Murphy; C McCarthy, P O'Neill, K McMahon; J Masters, M Cussen, D O'Connor.



KERRY: D Murphy; M O Sé, T O'Sullivan, P Reidy; T O Sé, A O'Mahony, K Young; D O Sé, S Scanlon; D O Sullivan, E Brosnan, P Galvin; C Cooper, K Donaghy, B Sheehan.

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