So I’m going with Reale on Brennan, Ryan on Power & Fanning on O’Shaugnessy inside.
Gardiner on Timmy Mc, Maher to sit in front of the full back line, cut out supply lines & hold the centre (we’re comfortable that Prendergast won’t do much damage & we’ll have a midfielder playing deep anyway to fill that space), Browne on Harnedy.
Our backs are multi-purpose with a range of qualities & adjustments could be made as required. Fanning can move out, Maher can move in, Gardiner can move inside (as he did in that 2005 semi final to save the day for Cork).
I’m leaving Colin Ryan wearing 15 but I want the esteemed readers to picture the coordinated movements of my team when the match is in progress, as he’ll be moving out the field.
Lynch the linkman & orchestrator, knitting defence with attack & being around most breaks to set attacks in motion. Lyng the all action, hard running, enforcer. McCormack will supplement the midfield, do plenty of dirty work & win hard ball.
So that’s when the forwards essentially move out & across to become:
Harnedy, Sutcliffe, Ryan
Two killers in the inside line.
Good mobility, aerial strength, point taking / free taking ability & vision in the half forward line. There’s a bit of overlap in the middle eight selections, but I think he’s carrying a couple of players in Prendergast and McCarthy. Colin Ryan for me will nail the frees and make himself available when the likes of Lynch, Lyng and McCormack emerge with the ball. I think these 8 will give me the edge and set it up for my inside two to deliver the coup de gras.
Harnedy can do stints inside with Power & Whelan going for a wander further afield from where both are both capable of causing damage too. It’s a very hard running and direct midfield and forward unit with no lack of class.
Fanning, Ryan, Reale;
Gardiner, R Maher, Browne;
Harnedy, Sutcliffe, C Ryan;
Best of luck to @Aristotle too of course and thank you to Commissioner McCarthy.