Predictably, the only goal scored in yesterday’s fourth-round Cork SFC clash in Carrigadrohid proved decisive in determining Carbery Rangers’ opponents in the quarter-final would be Duhallow. And, it’s timing – 11 minutes from time after scores had been level seven times – was all the more critical for the reason Newcestown registered three wides around the same time.
Cork, it can be said, have better rapport with other Munster counties. The same for Tipperary as much as geography means every game is a rivalry. This particular relationship on Sunday thrives on lashings of respect but a smattering of contempt too.
By his own reckoning, Seán Óg Ó hAilpín was probably the least skilful hurler to ever put on a Cork jersey — but has there been a more dedicated person to wear it? “That’s what made me survive,” he suggests. Now with his life thoughts put to paper, he’s ready to reflect, without bitterness, without rancour. Anyone looking for sly digs won’t find them here.
Eamonn Cregan recently expressed concern with the growth of “hurling scrums”, claiming that players are determined to get the ball into their hand instead of pulling first-time. Is this true? Is ground hurling gone forever? Or is today’s game much more precise and controlled than the game of old?
It’s a measure of the growing health of hurling across the province that the second Munster U21 hurling semi-final (Cusack Park, Ennis, throw-in 7.30pm) sees the Clare hosts — Munster minor champions 2010 and 2011 and beaten finalists of 2012 — face Waterford, Munster minor champions of 2009.
Fielding a team with a liberal sprinkling of inter-county under 21, junior and senior players, Carbery served notice that they will have a big say in the battle for this year’s title after they had a comfortable victory over CIT in the third round of the Cork SFC at Cloughduv last night.
SEÁN Óg Ó hAilpín’s declarations in the media that he was willing to return to the Cork senior hurling squad if there was a change of management and his club form for Na Piarsaigh were the key factors behind Jimmy Barry-Murphy’s decision to recruit the 2005 All-Ireland winning captain into his 2012 preliminary squad.