Cork captain Graham Canty will return to the heart of the Rebels defence as the “Blood and Bandage” bid to win the division 1 football title for the third year in a row.
Canty has recovered from a hamstring strain and will take over from Eoin Cotter in central defence for the match at Croke Park on Sunday (throw-in 4pm).
It is the only change from the side which beat Down by eight points in the semi-final at an almost empty Croke Park two weeks ago. The return of Canty means that Eoin Cadogan will drop back to left corner back.
Meanwhile, Macroom clubman Eoin O’Mahony, who featured in a number of the league matches, will miss the final after breaking his hand in a club game. He was not expected to start the final.
Cork are bidding to become the first county since Kerry to win three league titles in a row. Kerry in fact, won four in a row (from 1971-’74). Cork also won the division 2 league title in 2009.
CORK (AFL v Mayo): Alan Quirke; Ray Carey, Michael Shields, Eoin Cadogan; Noel O’Leary, Graham Canty (capt), Paudie Kissane; Pearse O’Neill, Alan O’Connor; Fintan Goold, Paddy Kelly, Paul Kerrigan; Colm O’Neill, Aidan Walsh, Donncha O’Connor.