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Rebels injury woe ahead of quarters

CORK woe at losing Saturday night's extra-time epic to Waterford has been compounded by a mounting injury list ahead of next Sunday's All-Ireland SHC quarter-final against Antrim, writes Frank Roche

Seán Óg Ó hAilpin and Jerry O'Connor both sat out the Munster final replay with hamstring injuries sustained in the drawn game, while Shane O'Neill was forced off with a similar complaint on Saturday night.

Ronan Curran (dead leg) is another concern, leaving manager Denis Walsh with his defensive resources particularly stretched.

The other hurling quarter-final pits beaten Leinster finalists Galway with last year's All-Ireland finalists Tipperary -- thereby ensuring that Galway boss John McIntyre must plot the downfall of his native county.

THE Croke Park steward hit by a flying plastic bottle after the Leinster SFC final has warned that the GAA risks losing many volunteer stewards if there's any repeat of such violent scenes.

"To get assaulted doing a voluntary job is not on. A lot of people have to cop on to themselves," said Eddie Geoghegan.

"In Croke Park, you have the same stewards there every week without fail, year on year. I can see, if it does continue and more and more officials or stewards get injured, a lot of people dropping out.

"You can see people sitting back and thinking, 'Do we really need this?' If there are no stewards up there, no Gardaí or no referee, you have no game."