Cuthbert cues caution ahead of Banner clash

BRIAN CUTHBERT does not have to look far for evidence to focus his players minds on tonight’s Munster MFC quarter-final clash against Clare in Páirc Ui Rinn.

Twelve months ago, he took a minor team to Ennis that nearly crumbled at the first hurdle before being rescued by a late scoring spree.

“When you look back at it, we were absolutely haunted,” he said. “With minor teams you don’t know what’s coming on your first day out and it took us a long time to secure the win in that game.

“But we’d be very conscious that we don’t refer back too much to 2010. We’re dealing with a whole new setup of players this year.

“It will help us this year to be playing at home as it cuts down on travel. Last year we’d a situation whereby we’d fellas coming from Beara who had to leave school at 11am in order to prepare for a game in Ennis at 6.30pm.

“At least when it comes to tonight’s game, they only have the same trip as they’d have for training.”

Cork can call on four players who featured in last September’s All-Ireland minor decider in Kevin Fulignati (Nemo Rangers), Mark Sugrue (Bandon), Dan MacEoin (Ilen Rovers) and Stephen O’Mahony (Gabriel Rangers).

Cuthbert hopes the newcomers to inter-county football can feed off their experience. “You need leaders at this level and that comes through experience. Having played in important games in Croke Park last year, those guys have built up experience.

“The challenge now is to try to bring the group with them. We’re happy with the team that we have at our disposal. We have guys from the Chríost Rí team who were very successful at colleges level, although Conor Horgan is very unlucky not to be involved because of injury.

“We only have the two dual players in Alan Cadogan and Cillian McIntyre, but while there might be talk that we didn’t want dual players, our attitude was to pick the best team regardless. The door isn’t closed to anybody as well going forward.”

Meanwhile former Tipperary senior football boss Tom McGlinchey is eagerly awaiting his championship debut in charge of the Limerick minor footballers against his native county in tonight’s Munster MFC quarter-final in Kilmallock.

“I enjoyed my time in charge with Tipperary between 2000 and 2003 and would still have a genuine interest in how they fare in football. I think they have shown recently to other counties the way forward as regards their underage structures in football. They reached a few minor finals and then that lead to their great U21 win last year. They are going to be very strong opponents tonight.”

Despite the size of the task facing his side, McGlinchey is excited about the challenge ahead. “I’m looking forward to Limerick’s campaign,” he said. “It’s my first year in charge and it’s a challenging grade with all the other distractions.

“But apart from that all of our preparations have gone well. The hiccups are to be expected. It’s a big game as a victory will give you a few weeks breathing space to your next game, so we’ll be looking to get off to bright start.”

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