Sunday 18 March 2018

Canty injury a huge blow to Rebels' NFL final prospects a real fair lady

Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Graham Canty looks set to miss Cork's NFL Division 1 final with Mayo next week because of the shoulder injury he sustained against the same opponents last weekend.

Canty, making his seasonal competitive debut, had to be replaced after just 28 minutes when he picked up the knock. Initially, Cork were confident that he would be fine but it has since emerged that he will not be fit to face Mayo on Sunday week.

It is a bad blow for the Rebels, coming on top of the stress fracture of the foot which has ruled out Eoin Cadogan for up to two months .

Meanwhile, Meath looked to Tyrone and Kilkenny for inspiration when many of the county's top footballers of the last 30 years gathered on Wednesday night in Trim for a symposium entitled "Getting Meath football back on track".

Tyrone legend Peter Canavan, Niall Laird of the successful 'Club Tyrone', the current Kilkenny secretary Ned Quinn and Brian Cody's team trainer and selector Michael Dempsey all spoke and were well received by the gathering which included Gerry McEntee, Martin O'Connell, John McDermott, Bernard Flynn, Kevin Foley and Trevor Giles from successful Meath teams of the past.

There is concern that Meath football has been slipping in recent years and some of those players were behind the organisation of this event to try to generate ideas and momentum.

Flynn welcomed the evening and its purpose but remained critical of Meath County Board for what he feels is an absence of leadership.

"I don't ever believe we will progress because real leadership does not exist. I went to the gathering thinking we were 10 years behind but I came away thinking it is more like 30," said Flynn.

Schoolteachers and club coaches were also present for the night which was chaired by former board chairman Brendan Dempsey.

Limerick prove

a real fair lady

Limerick are officially the fairest football team in the national league.

After eight rounds of action in Division 4, one more round than the other divisions, Mickey Ned O'Sullivan's side picked up just 14 yellow cards, an average of 1.75 per game. The next four teams on the index are also Division 4 teams, which points to a less competitive environment. Kilkenny, Clare, Longford and Wicklow all average less than three yellow cards per game.

At the other end of the scale Fermanagh prop up the table with three red and 32 yellow cards. On the basis that Category 1a and 2 red cards earn two points on the index, their cumulative points total is 38, giving them an average of 5.43 per game.

Irish Independent

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