Cork hurling manager Kieran Kingston has paid a glowing tribute to the players released from the Rebels’ senior hurling panel this week, describing them as giving “massive commitment” to county hurling side over recent years.
What should have been the championship’s marquee fixture, one to give Cork hurling an esteem boost, instead turned out to be a mediocre affair with holders Sarsfields just about hanging onto their title – at least for another six days.
Winning manager Pat Ryan insisted after this trouncing of Youghal in Rostellan yesterday that there has been “no talk” of Sarsfields attempting once more to win back-to-back Cork senior hurling championship titles. But, on this evidence they will be strongly in contention, certainly ahead of a quarter-final clash with either Imokilly or Ballyhea.
Newtownshandrum rolled back the years in Fitzgerald Park, Fermoy yesterday, sending favourites and current champions Sarsfields down the route of the losers’ rounds of the Cork SHC after this epic extra-time first round victory.
Cork 1-26 UCC 2-12: The heavy rain and wind didn’t make for a great spectacle, but there were some bright spots for Cork manager Jimmy Barry-Murphy as his side retained the Canon O’Brien Cup by beating UCC at the Mardyke last night.