Cork's Horgan cleared to play

Cork forward Pat Horgan has had his red card from last Sunday's Munster SHC final against Limerick rescinded.

Cork's Horgan cleared to play

Cork forward Pat Horgan has had his red card from last Sunday's Munster SHC final against Limerick rescinded.

The Cork County Board launched a successful appeal of referee James McGrath's decision, with the GAA's Central Hearings Committee clearing Horgan of the red card and a one-match ban - meaning he is free to play in next weekend's All-Ireland quarter-final against Kilkenny.

In an incident before half-time, the referee gave Horgan a straight red card after he was seen to strike Limerick's Paudie O'Brien on the back of his helmet as they competed for possession. It was a careless swing, although the contact with O'Brien was light.

Having Horgan, the Rebels' chief free-taker and one of their most experienced forwards, on board for the Thurles tussle with the Cats is a timely boost for Jimmy Barry-Murphy's men as they look to recover quickly from the 0-24 to 0-15 loss to Limerick.

Horgan scored 0-12 in Cork's two games to date this summer, including an eight-point haul against Clare last month. He was the fourth top scorer in last year's Championship, finishing with 1-42 from five appearances. The 25-year-old also captained his county last season.

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