Last month, he scored the winning point as UCC beat UUJ in the Sigerson Cup final while he has featured in four of Cork’s five Allianz Football League Division 1 games this season.
Tonight, he captains the county’s U-21 side against Limerick in the Munster championship semi-final at Páirc Uí Rinn (7.30pm). Add in Sunday’s Cork City Division U21 clash with St Michael’s and it’s clear he has a hectic schedule. But he isn’t complaining.
“Things have got very busy,” he said, “but it’s good to have big games, they’re the ones you want to be playing. They keep coming but you’d prefer to be playing matches because if you’re not then you’re going to be training.”
Dorman has adjusted well to senior level, despite being surprised at the speed of his progression under fellow Bishopstown clubman Brian Cuthbert.
“I thought it might take a bit longer,” he admitted, “but I suppose Brian wanted to give everyone a chance. It’s a lot faster and the opponents are a lot stronger, if you make any mistake in defence then more than likely you’re going to give away a goal or a point.
“It’s a bit of a step up but at the same time it’s not like I’ve come into it after playing at a low level. It has been gradual, college football is a bit of a step up from U21 and then senior is another level up. I’m delighted to have been given a chance and I’m doing what I can to make the most of it.”
Cork go into tonight’s game on the back of a win away to Kerry last week. In times past, overcoming the Kingdom early on may have equated to securing a provincial crown but the presence of Tipperary – All-Ireland minor winners three years ago – on the other side of the draw means that nothing can, or will, be taken for granted.
Dorman is quick to point out that Limerick are not any soft touches, either.
“Last year, we went to Limerick and we were only hanging on by the end, we played very poorly,” he said.
“We know that we have to focus on ourselves, just play to our ability and then look at the scoreboard at the end.
“Tipp beat us in the Munster minor final three years ago so we’d like to play them again, but we can’t be looking too far ahead. Limerick will put it up to us and we’ll have to play well.”
CORK: M Martin (Nemo Rangers); J Davis (Douglas), C Dorman (Bishopstown), S Cronin (Nemo Rangers); K Fulignati (Nemo Rangers), S White (Clonakility), K Histon (Cobh); K O’Hanlon (Kilshannig), I Maguire (St Finbarr’s); M Sugrue (Bandon), C O’Sullivan (Clyda Rovers), S Kiely (Ballincollig); D Mac Eoin (Ilen Rovers), D Harrington (Adrigole), A Cadogan (Douglas).
Subs: J McDonnell (St Finbarr’s), S Ryan (St Finbarr’s), A O’Connor (St. Finbarr’s), T O’Rourke (Carbery Rangers), K Kavanagh (Carrigaline), K McIntyre (Carrigaline), J Corkery (Aghabullogue), C Horgan (Nemo Rangers), D Murphy (Valley Rovers).
LIMERICK: J O’Mara (Fr Caseys); A Finnegan (Na Piarsiagh), K Brosnan (Monagea), R Meagher (St Patrick’s); T McCarthy (Kildimo-Pallaskenry), K Larkin (Banogue), S Cahill (Mountcollins); G Hegarthy (St Patricks), S O’Dea (Kilteely-Dromkeen); M Fitzgibbon (Feohanagh-Castlemahon), D Neville (Askeaton-Ballysteen), R Glynn (Bruff); K Moore (Glin), J Mullins (St Patricks), S McSweeney (St Kieran’s).