Sunday 28 May 2017

Cadogan to put hurlers' cause first

Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Eoin Cadogan looks set to stick with the Cork hurlers ahead of another double engagement this weekend.

Cadogan has not been involved with the football team since the Munster semi-final replay defeat to Kerry on June 14 and has instead committed to the hurlers for the game against Limerick and the two clashes with Waterford.

But with the hurlers now facing a more benign quarter-final against Antrim in Croke Park on Sunday, there was speculation that Cadogan could be available to the footballers for their tricky Round 4 qualifier clash with Limerick in the Gaelic Grounds on Saturday night (7.0).

The football management have, however, concluded that they won't have Cadogan available again until his involvement with the hurlers is over. Should Cork beat Antrim, they will meet Kilkenny in the All-Ireland semi-final on August 8 and Cadogan could become available to the footballers after that, once they continue their progress.

The hurlers, meanwhile, could be without a significant portion of their frontline team for the Antrim clash. Sean Og O hAilpin and Jerry O'Connor missed the replay against Waterford because of hamstring injuries, while Shane O'Neill and Ronan Curran limped out with hamstring and quad muscle injuries respectively that threaten their involvement on Sunday.

Aisake O hAilpin, could also miss out if the CCCC decide to pursue him for an altercation with Waterford full-back Liam Lawlor.

Replays of their 17th-minute flashpoint show O hAilpin tussling with Noel Connors before Lawlor embraces the big full-forward with his shoulder. O hAilpin reacts by pressing his helmet against Lawlor's and appearing to jab his hurl into his opponent's midriff.

The CCCC met yesterday to examine whether the incident required referee Brian Gavin to review it. If there is a decision to lay a charge at O hAilpin's door, Cork County Board is likely to hear about that sometime today. The Cork team meet for training tonight when the injuries will be assessed.

Irish Independent

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