No Cork objection to new blitz-style Féile na nGael format

Cork will not mount any further opposition to the decision to run the Féile na nGael without top-tier competitions in both 2014 and ’15.

Féile will be held in Ulster this year and next year, and as there are not sufficient local sides to compete in Division One, it was decided to proceed without it and instead run blitz-style events for top-level counties at other venues.

Following Central Council meetings last weekend, it was accepted this plan will remain in place, with the Christy Ring Trophy to played for by teams in Ulster. At last night’s Cork County Board meeting, youth officer Marc Sheehan decried the “denigration” of Féile and the Christy Ring Trophy as a “farcical situation”.

However, after board delegate Christy Ring Jnr. (Glen Rovers) said his family would have no problem with the new state of affairs, chairman Bob Ryan said, “We have fought the good fight on this but now we’ll have to wait our time and hope that common sense prevails when this comes up for discussion again in two years’ time.”

Meanwhile, the Cork football team for Saturday night’s Allianz Football League Division 1 clash with Dublin is much changed from that which beat Kildare nearly three weeks ago. Alan Cronin, Eoin Cadogan and Noel Galvin form an all-new full-back line with Conor Dorman moving to centre-back while Fintan Goold joins Aidan Walsh at midfield. Tomás Clancy of Fermoy also comes into the team at number seven.

In attack, Paul Kerrigan resumes his spot at centre-forward as Donncha O’Connor is injured while John Hayes replaces Donal Óg Hodnett in the full-forward line, alongside Brian Hurley, who feels the game will be a test of the side’s credentials.

“This game will really tell us where we are at,” he said.

“It is hard to know where you are against middle of the table teams, but it is always a test against the best and I’m sure we’ll get that against the Dubs at Croke Park.”

“We have our ambitions and our goals too. Two wins from two is great and it sees us into the break on good terms. Hopefully we can keep up the good work, the mood in the camp is brilliant, but hopefully we can add to that with another win up in Dublin.”

Elsewhere, Kildare’s Emmet Bolton will miss Sunday’s Allianz Football League Division 1 game against Tyrone because of a knee injury.

Bolton was substituted at half-time during the defeat to Cork on February 9th after damaging his knee in a tackle. A bruise around his bone has not healed in time for the visit of Tyrone but the experienced Eadestown man should be back in contention for the game at Croke Park against Dublin on Saturday week.

CORK (NFL v Dublin): K O’Halloran (Bishopstown); A Cronin (Nemo Rangers), E Cadogan (Douglas), N Galvin (Ballincollig); J Loughrey (Mallow), C Dorman (Bishopstown), Tomás Clancy (Fermoy); A Walsh (Kanturk), F Goold (Macroom); J O’Rourke (Carbery Rangers), P Kerrigan (Nemo Rangers), M Collins (Castlehaven); D Goulding (Éire Óg), B Hurley (Castlehaven), J Hayes (Carbery Rangers).

Subs: D Hanrahan (Douglas), K O’Driscoll (Tadhg MacCárthaigh), K Crowley (Millstreet), J McLoughlin (Kanturk), A O’Sullivan (Castletownbere), R Deane (Bantry Blues), C O’Driscoll (Tadhg Mac Cárthaigh), B O’Driscoll (Nemo Rangers), C O’Neill (Ballyclough), C Vaughan (Iveleary), D Óg Hodnett (O’Donovan Rossa).


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