However goalkeeper Alan Quirke and full-back Graham Canty came through Sunday’s drawn clash in Killarney unscathed, selector Ger O’Sullivan reported.
Encouragingly, John Miskella also emerged unscathed after his second-half return, his first appearance in county colours in 2010.
“We’ve nothing serious in terms of injuries now,” says Cork selector Ger O’Sullivan. “It is positive for us that all the players who have been doubts in recent weeks have come back into the frame now. Next week will come too soon for Anthony Lynch and Nicholas Murphy who are still a few weeks away, but apart from that we’re in good shape.”
O’Sullivan believes Sunday’s game will benefit Cork after they entered the Fitzgerald Stadium clash on the back of a six–week hiatus from competitive action.
“Having a championship game under your belt is a big thing. Last year we had that benefit against Waterford, and this year Kerry had their game against Tipperary. They may have won that match well in the end but Tipperary were very competitive for long stages. Hopefully, Sunday will stand to us going forward now as well. It took us a while to get into the match in the first-half which was probably down to rustiness.”
O’Sullivan revealed that the post-match mood in the Cork dressing-room was upbeat despite coughing up a four-point lead in the closing quarter.
“There was quite a positive mood amongst the players. The feeling was that the momentum was with Kerry late on and they were striking the points over. There was a certain amount of relief that we got the draw as they were coming strong. We were quite pleased with the performance of the three newcomers to our set-up. They all did well and a senior match in Killarney will be of huge benefit to them.”
Sunday’s replay will cause serious disruption to planned club fixtures in both counties. In Cork there were 12 second round football matches pencilled in for the senior, premier intermediate and intermediate grades but the presence of county players in some clubs line-ups will cause postponements. At senior level the ties between Ballincollig (Patrick Kelly and John Miskella) v Carbery Rangers (John Hayes and Kevin McMahon), and the Valley Rovers (Fiachra Lynch) v O’Donovan Rossa will fall by the wayside.
Postponements are also inevitable in the Premier IFC games involving Clyda Rovers (Paudie Kissane and Ray Carey) and Newmarket, and Bantry Blues (Graham Canty) and Glenville. At intermediate level, there will be new dates needed for the Ballydesmond (Donncha O’Connor) and Fermoy match, and the tie between Cill na Martra (Noel O’Leary) and Kinsale.
There are likely to be adjustments to three of the remaining six games that were originally slated for Sunday being moved to Saturday.
It’s still unclear whether Cork’s Munster SHC semi-final on June 20 will affect the Na Piarsaigh and St Nicholas SFC tie, and the Milford and Kanturk IHC game, with the Cork GAA executive set to finalise all the fixture arrangements this morning.
The entire first round of the Kerry SFC was planned for next weekend, but will now be deferred due to the Cork-Kerry replay.