Monday 19 February 2018

Damien Cahalane -- a star minor

Damien Cahalane, Cork. Allianz Football League, Division 1. Photo: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
Damien Cahalane, Cork. Allianz Football League, Division 1. Photo: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE

Damien Cahalane

A STAR minor on the team that reached the All-Ireland final in 2010, his selection on the Cork Under 21 side the following year came as no surprise.

He filled the full-back slot in the last two campaigns, but he is equally at home at midfield and in the half back line, as was evidenced when he played a leading role at No 5 during Castlehaven's march to county senior championship glory in 2012.

Good in the air, and never one to shirk a tackle, he possesses all the competitive qualities of his father, former Cork great Niall. He has already played senior with Cork in the league this season, and it's expected he will figure prominently in Conor Counihan's plans come the summer.

John O'Rourke

ANOTHER in his third season involved with the Under 21s, the Carbery Rangers clubman also made his senior debut in the league this season.

Impressed at centre-forward in the games against Dublin and Kildare, scoring three points in the clash with the Dubs at Croke Park, he will probably be filling the No 11 shirt again on Wednesday night. Always eager for work, he has plenty of pace which, along with his vision and penchant for scores, makes him a very hard forward to contain.

Brian Hurley (Castlehaven)

REGARDED as one of the most exciting prospects in the county after he did much to signpost Cork's path to the 2010 All-Ireland minor final, his season was decimated by injury the following season. As a consequence, he missed out on the 2011 Under 21 campaign, but he underlined his potential when turning in a man-of-the-match display in last year's Munster final against Kerry.

A leading light as well with Castlehaven in the county senior championship in 2012, he can be virtually unstoppable when he clicks into top gear, and he will surely cause major problems for the Kerry full-back line if provided with any sort of a decent service on Wednesday night.


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