Cork conceding home advantage ‘never on the table’

Cork chairman Ger Lane says Páirc Ui Rinn is well capable of staging the county’s hurling qualifier against Dublin the weekend after next and doesn’t believe demand will outweigh supply despite the venue’s capacity standing at 16,400.

Lane described the pairing of Cork and Dublin - the latter are managed by Cork native Ger Cunningham - as “the game of the round” and insisted conceding home advantage to cater for the anticipated large attendance was never on the table. €40k was spent on the venue early last year to ensure it could competently serve as the premier home of Cork GAA until the redevelopment of Páirc Uí Chaoimh is complete.

“We have always had great support at home and we would expect this will no different. We’re expecting a huge crowd and a big performance after the disappointment of Thurles, ” remarked the county board chairman.

Meanwhile, Cork hurling selector Pat Ryan said home advantage dented the blow of having received the toughest draw going. “After the game against Tipp, it will give us a better indication of where we are. What you are looking for really is to put a bit of pride back in the jersey. The players didn’t go out to perform like that.

“We didn’t go out to have them perform like that. Everybody is getting a second chance which is good. Obviously, it is a huge game. It is novel to be playing a championship match in Páirc Uí Rinn.

“Next week is a huge week for Cork hurling with the minors, U21s and senior playing. You would be hoping that results go in a positive way.

“Dublin beat us well in the league, but that match was four months ago and league is really no reflection when it comes to championship.”

Elsewhere, board chairman Lane understands that were Cork and Kerry to meet in the next year’s Munster SFC championship that the game would be played in Cork. Cork travelled to Killarney in 2015 and even though Killarney had been earmarked as the venue for a potential 2016 Munster final clash, Cork will play host to any championship meeting between the counties next summer.


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