Monday 15 October 2018

'It was in shocking condition' - Clare legend thinks Páirc Uí Chaoimh pitch could hurt Cork in the championship

25 February 2018; Eoin Cadogan of Cork in action against Colin Dunford of Waterford during the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A Round 4 match between Cork and Waterford at Páirc Uí Chaoimh in Cork. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
25 February 2018; Eoin Cadogan of Cork in action against Colin Dunford of Waterford during the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A Round 4 match between Cork and Waterford at Páirc Uí Chaoimh in Cork. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

Cork suffered their third league defeat in-a-row after going down 1-20 to 1-15 to Waterford last Sunday - but the playing surface at Páirc Uí Chaoimh subsequently emerged as the biggest talking point.

The pitch cut up quite badly during the contest and there were patches made up predominantly of sand, which didn't seem to help the Rebels in what was a winnable home contest.

Speaking on Independent.ie's GAA Podcast, The Throw In, in association with Allianz, former Clare hurler Jamesie O'Connor criticised Páirc Uí Chaoimh’s new surface and said that it could hurt Cork’s chances of success this summer, as it isn't conducive to the free-flowing style that the Rebels want to play.

"The pitch was in shocking condition," O'Connor said.

"That’s a real concern I’d say, for the authorities going forward down in Cork. The pitch doesn’t lend itself to the type of game Cork want to play."

While the pitch significantly slowed Cork’s fast style of hurling down, O’Connor said that the biggest factor in the result was captain Seamus Harnedy's sending off, who saw red for a rash knee in the first half.

"Obviously the sending off changed things as well," he said.

"It’s hard enough to play and break Waterford down anyway.

"I don’t think he could have had any complaints, and I’m sure Barry Coughlan has probably dished out a bit of punishment to Harnedy in time, but you simply can’t do it.

"I think he knew himself it was just the red mist descended it was rash and in front of the linesman. He had to go."

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