McCarthy's men: the 15 who will line out for Cork
Published 21/11/2008 | 00:00
Alan Kennedy (Sarsfields)
One of four players from the county champions to oblige Gerald and Cork. Kennedy was still an U-21 in 2008, but wasn't called upon for championship duty by the county selectors.
Conor O'Sullivan (Sarsfields)
Considered one of Sarsfields' most promising defenders in their successful campaign this year and one of the recent products of their underage boom.
Chris Murphy (Blackrock)
Featured on a Blackrock team that disappointed in this year's county championship. He has gained more notoriety as a defender on the Cork U-21 football team that won the All-Ireland title in May 2007.
Alwyn Kearney (Midleton)
Has featured on a Cork minor squad in recent years and hails from the club of John Fenton.
Joey Moran (Carrigaline)
The bedrock of the Carrigaline defence as they triumphed in their first Cork intermediate title earlier this year.
Steven White (Ballygarvan)
A member of the 2008 U-21 team that fared badly against Clare in a Munster semi-final this year.
Ger O'Driscoll (Newcestown)
From the club that is considered to be the most westerly hurling outpost in the county and gave Cork Timmy Crowley and Pat Keneally in the past. But for his recovery from a cruciate ligament problem, he would have been on the U-21 squad this year.
Barry Johnston (Bride Rovers)
The most experienced member of Gerald's squad and a colleague of county defender Brian Murphy. Johnston is well known in Cork hurling circles and was a driving force behind Bride Rovers' run to the county final.
Glenn O'Connor (St Finbarr's)
The only representative on the squad from Gerald McCarthy's home club, O'Connor is a brother of well known multiple camogie All Star winner Gemma O'Connor. A promising player who lists Ronan Curran among his club-mates.
Darren Crowley (Bandon)
Bandon lost the intermediate hurling final to Carrigaline, but Crowley delivered some eye-catching performances on the way
Colin O'Leary (Blackrock)
A regular half-forward with a Blackrock team that struggled in 2008.
Cian McCarthy (Sarsfields)
A son of Teddy McCarthy, now a selector with Gerald, he had U-21 trials this year, but didn't make the team. A Sarsfields regular and an obvious recruit here.
Conor Dorris (Glen Rovers)
the captain of the Glen Rovers U-21 team that swept to the county title on Sunday last after a marathon campaign that featured nine games. Dorris wasn't a regular on Tomas Mulcahy's Glen Rovers senior team in 2008 but scored freely for the U-21s.
Michael Collins (Bride Rovers)
Collins' name featured regularly on the scoresheet for Bride Rovers en route to the county final and he also inspired the club to the east Cork 'B' championship final in recent weeks.
Tadhg Og Murphy (Sarsfields)
No longer eligible for U-21, but another of the Sarsfields underage boom and a son of former Cork footballer of the 1980s Tadhg Murphy.
His uncle, Bertie Og Murphy, managed Sarsfields this year and was, of course, Cork manager in 2002.
> Among the replacements are Paul Honohan, a Cork minor this year and son of Central Council delegate Bob Honohan and Mark Collins from Douglas, a nephew of Donie Collins, one of the two selectors that Gerald McCarthy has had to replace from last season.