Lynch’s Cork hopes suffer setback

CORK finalised their preparations for Sunday’s Munster SFC semi-final against Waterford with a highly competitive inter-squad A v B game at the official opening of Kilmichael GAA’s magnificent complex in Annahalla.

It was the second game in three days for the majority of the players as Cork defeated Monaghan by four points earlier in the week. On the evidence of Saturday’s contest it’s clear the champions are in no mood to surrender their title.

Long-serving Anthony Lynch was hoping to stake a claim for inclusion against Waterford, but he was forced to withdraw with injury after 10 minutes. On the plus side, UCC duo Barry O’Driscoll and Mark Collins, both of whom won Sigerson Cup medals earlier in the season, were hugely effective in attack on the A side, while Eoin Cotter, Sean Kiely and Conor O’Driscoll shone for the B team.

With Fiachra Lynch sparkling at full-forward, the B side went ahead after two minutes and were never led. The A side drew level shortly afterwards, but following a superb passing movement out of defence, Lynch drilled home a super goal which helped his side to an interval lead of 1-5 to 0-6.

The intensity was maintained on the changeover and, after the sides were level twice, the impressive Lynch won a penalty which Daniel Goulding converted to give his side a 2-8 to 0-9 lead by the threequarter stage. They failed to add to their tally for the last 15 minutes as the A side struck four points in-a-row, two by Barry O’Driscoll, but time ran out on them.

Scorers for Cork B: D. Goulding 1-4 (1-0 pen., 0-2 frees); F. Lynch 1-1; D. Goold, N. O’Leary, A. O’Connor 0-1 each.

Scorers for Cork A: B. O’Driscoll 0-3 (0-2 frees); M. Collins (0-1 free), F. Goold, K. O’Driscoll 0-2 each; N. Murphy, P. Honohan, C. Sheehan, A. Walsh 0-1 each.

CORK B: K. O’Halloran; E. Cotter (Douglas), M. Shields, A. Lynch; S. Kiely (Macroom), N. O’Leary, J. Miskella; A. O’Connor, C. O’Driscoll (Ilen Rovers); D. Goold, P. Kelly, P. O’Neill; D. Goulding, F. Lynch, M. Dilworth (Knocknagree).

CORK A: A. Quirke; R. Carey, O. O’Mahony (Macroom), J. O’Sullivan; G. Canty, G. Spillane, P. Kissane; C. Sheehan, A. Walsh; F. Goold, M. Collins (Castlehaven), K. O’Driscoll (Caheragh); B. O’Driscoll (Nemo Rgs.), N. Murphy, P. Kerrigan.

(Other players used: Peter Daly, Bart Daly, P. Honohan, D. Óg Hodnett).

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