Double blow for Cork as Lynch and Miskella quit
Published 02/12/2011 | 05:00
Cork's longest-serving current footballer Anthony Lynch has joined colleague John Miskella in retirement after two injury ravaged years.
Lynch, who has been a regular in the Cork defence for a decade, confirmed that he has retired from the game.
The only current member of the outgoing Cork squad to have played in the 1990s -- he was corner-back against Meath in the 1999 All-Ireland final -- Lynch was one of the best in his position for a spell during the last decade and was regularly deployed to mark Kerry's Colm Cooper in his time.
He featured in the 2009 All-Ireland final against Kerry, but since then his contribution has been badly interrupted by injury and he underwent a groin operation last year.
He won his only All-Ireland medal in 2010 as a non-playing substitute, but appeared in three other finals, 1999, 2007 and 2009.
He was also one of the more prominent figures during the 2007/2008 strike by the footballers in the wake of Billy Morgan's departure as manager.
Miskella has confirmed his retirement from club and county football after medical advice taken on a groin injury.
Miskella had hoped to continue for another year, but at 33 years of age, the advice was taken on board.
The pace of change in personnel in Cork has been quite strong over the last two years with long-serving players like James Masters, Derek Kavanagh, John Hayes, Kieran O'Connor, Kevin McMahon and now Lynch and Miskella retiring.