Cork hurlers plan response to McCarthy, board statements

THE 2008 Cork panel met last night to settle on a time and place for their upcoming press conference.

The panel issued a short statement yesterday outlining their plans to address the statements issued earlier in the week by Cork manager Gerald McCarthy and the Cork County Board.

“Due to the length and complexities of the statements issued by Gerald McCarthy and the Cork County Board on Tuesday,” the statement reads, “and the gravity of the situation, the Cork Senior Hurling panel of 2008 has decided to hold a press conference to deal, in detail, with all of the issues involved in the coming days.

“Details of arrangements will follow when confirmed.”

McCarthy’s lengthy statement on Tuesday evening saw him set his stall out with the National Hurling League approaching fast. Solicitor Olann Kelleher also gave up the ghost, stepping down as independent chairman of the talks process on Tuesday having become increasingly disillusioned with the lack of movement in getting the various parties to sit down and begin discussions on a possible resolution.

The striking players will train together over the weekend, ahead of their response.

The players available to McCarthy will take on Limerick in a challenge game under lights in Mallow tonight (throw-in, 7.30).

Meanwhile, one of Galway’s most promising young stars — who missed making his championship debut last year because of a broken jaw — has been drafted in by manager John McIntyre for Sunday’s Walsh Cup semi-final against Wexford.

Kevin Hynes, who captained Galway to the 2007 All-Ireland U-21 title, has been selected at midfield for Sunday’s game in New Ross.

Hynes emerged on the scene a year ago and nailed down a midfield spot during the national league.

However, his inter-county season ended when he suffered a broken jaw in a club match.

Hynes has been called into the side with Paul Killilea, one of four debutants who started in the victory over Offaly on Sunday, dropping to the substitutes.

Hynes will partner Eoin Forde at midfield with David Tierney moving to the wing-forward position vacated by Killilea.

There is a positional change in defence with Andy Coen starting at corner-back and Adrian Cullinane moving to the half-back line as Galway bid to take another step towards marking their first year in Leinster by winning a trophy.

“It is still very early in the year but we will just see how it goes on Sunday,” said McIntyre, who remains without his Portumna contingent and a number of long-term injury casualties such as David Collins and Kerrill Wade.

The Wexford team shows just two changes from that which overcame UCD last weekend. Damien Fitzhenry makes his return between the posts and James Tonks continues at wing-back having replaced the injured Ciarán Kenny last week.

GALWAY (SH): C Callanan; A Coen, D McClearn, F Moore; A Cullinane, S Kavanagh, G Mahon; E Forde, K Hynes; J Gantley, C Donnellan, D Tierney; G Farragher, N Healy, A Callanan.

WEXFORD: D Fitzhenry; B O’Leary, R Kehoe, A O’Connell; M Jacob, 6. D O’Connor, J Tonks; D Redmond, C Farrell; S Doyle, T Waters, D Lyng; R Jacob, S Banville, N Kirwan.

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