Saturday 17 March 2018

Canty's place under threat for crunch Down clash

Cork captain Graham Canty's place in the starting line-up to face Down is under threat. Photo: Sportsfile
Cork captain Graham Canty's place in the starting line-up to face Down is under threat. Photo: Sportsfile
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

INSPIRATIONAL Cork football captain Graham Canty is coming under pressure to keep his place ahead of Saturday's fourth-round qualifier against Down.

The repeat of last year's All-Ireland decider is the showpiece of a Croke Park double-bill and there is speculation on Leeside that Canty could be a casualty of their defeat by Kerry in Killarney.

The All-Ireland winning captain played no league football as he recuperated from injury, but was started against Clare and Waterford, before enduring a difficult afternoon trying to stem the overwhelming tide of a Kerry attack in full flight during the first half of the Munster final.

Manager Conor Counihan eventually switched his talisman from full-back to centre-back and he settled better as Cork chased down a nine-point deficit. But his starting place is not guaranteed as management weight up current form with reputation.


Eoin Cadogan, whose involvement with the hurlers is over for the season, and Eoin Cotter are tipped to come into the side, but a decision has yet to be made on whether Paudie Kissane or Canty will make way along with Jamie O'Sullivan.

Elsewhere, Kerry will have Paul Galvin available for their All-Ireland quarter-final a week later after he came through an internal practice match over the weekend.

Galvin has been struggling with hamstring trouble, but now looks to have put his woes behind him.

Meanwhile, the Cork County Board have given the county's clubs up to August 2 to come up with proposals on how the next hurling management team should be chosen.

The term of Denis Walsh and his selectors ended following the qualifier loss to Galway last Saturday week.

The clubs will then be furnished with the options to be voted upon at the next board meeting on August 16.

Irish Independent

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