The first game of the new-look Cork SFC takes place tonight as UCC clash with Seandún at Ballinlough (throw-in 7pm).
With the county board having taken into account complaints clubs winning their opening clashes have to wait too long for another game, the competition now features a two-tier second round, with 2A featuring first-round winners and 2B consisting of the sides that lose. From there, the 2A winners advance while the losers have another chance, against winners of round 2B games, with the championship straight knockout from there.
While the SFC is now being run on an all-inclusive basis, tonight’s game is between two sides who competed in the erstwhile divisions and colleges section. For UCC manager Dr Con Murphy, lack of knowledge on player availability remains the perennial problem.
“It’s the same old story,” he says, “we won’t know until the night, basically. We lost a few players at the weekend, Killian Spillane looks like he’ll be out and obviously anybody who’s with the Cork U21 team won’t be considered.”
Murphy heads up a management team featuring former Cork goalkeeper Alan Quirke, Michael Twomey, Finbarr Nyhan, and Mark Creed.
Alan Whelan manages the city division side, likely to include Paddy O’Shea, Paul Condon, Killian Brosnan, and Roy Downey.
“We’re missing Eoghan Buckley and Conor Buckley, but they should be back for the next game.”
The winners face the winners of the Ballincollig-Bishopstown tie, while the losers meet the losers of Nemo Rangers v Duhallow.
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