Wednesday 12 December 2018

Rebels suffer major blow as Cadogan ruled out for rest of summer

 

Cork's Alan Cadogan. Photo: Sportsfile
Cork's Alan Cadogan. Photo: Sportsfile

Donnchadh Boyle and Colm Keys​

Cork's All-Ireland hopes have suffered a blow with the news that Alan Cadogan will miss the remainder of the season with a knee injury.

The classy sharpshooter hasn't featured for the Rebels since the league and team officials confirmed yesterday that the Douglas man has already undergone surgery to fix the problem.

Robbie O'Flynn, who picked up a head injury in the win over Clare last weekend, is another who will not be involved in Sunday's clash with Tipperary as he is expected to sit out the next month.

In advance of the Semple Stadium showdown, Cork legend Seán Óg Ó hAilpín says he is "saddened" by the sight of empty terraces at Munster SHC games and admits he is struggling to embrace the new round-robin format.

Some 20,423 were at the Gaelic Grounds to see Limerick beat Tipperary, with 24,490 in Páirc Uí Chaoimh for Cork's win over Clare. But Ó hAilpín feels something is missing and even the Munster final won't have the same feel to it this year, he predicts.

"The atmosphere, the crowds, it was bumper-to-bumper," he said.

"It saddens me to watch Munster championship games and see empty terraces, it doesn't look right, it is just not right, having grown up in that era. But I will just have to get used to it.

"It is like me ditching my old Nokia phone, I prefer that to the smartphone. But if anyone sees you with a Nokia phone they see you as a dinosaur, so you have to move on. I would prefer the old format but, having said that, players would prefer this format because X amount of games are guaranteed.

"Before you could pour everything into one game and that could be your season over. But I thought because of that, one bite of the cherry, there was more meaning to it."

"The demands now to get to a Munster final, having played four tough games, you could be crocked by the time that comes. But that is balanced out by players training harder."

ó hAilpín feels Tipperary have arrived at their 'line in the sand' game. "If I was still playing, I'd rather be in a Tipperary dressing room than a Cork dressing room. You know like that, 'This is it, this is the line in the sand game'. It's either do-or-die or to hell with it."

Meanwhile, Roscommon have made five changes from the side that won the Division 2 final for tomorrow's Connacht SFC clash with Leitrim.

Colm Lavin starts in goal with Niall McInerney and John McManus have been brought into the defence from the win over Cavan in Croke Park. Enda Smith and Fintan Cregg come into the half-forward positions.

Peter Domican is named at full-back for his first championship start since 2012 having returned from a spell abroad.

Trouble

Tyrone's bad week continued with the news that Lee Brennan is out for eight weeks with a hamstring injury and Mark Bradley will miss the early qualifier rounds with ankle trouble. Brennan aggravated a hamstring injury in the defeat to Monaghan while Bradley was forced off after just 15 minutes.

Tyrone will also be without the suspended Peter Harte for their first-round qualifier on June 9.

Waterford will be without Austin Gleeson and Pauric Mahony for the visit to Ennis to face Clare.

Laois have made three changes from the side that beat Wexford for their clash with Offaly tomorrow (5.0). Finbarr Crowley, Paul Kingston and Benny Carroll replace Ruaidhri C Fennell, Gary Walsh and David Conway.

Laois (SF v Westmeath) - G Brody; S Attride, M Timmons, G Dillon; T Collins, C Begley, F Crowley; J O'Loughlin, K Lillis; A Farrell, P Kingston, D O'Connor; R Munnelly, D Kingston, B Carroll.

Roscommon (SFC v Leitrim) - C Lavin; D Murray, P Domican, N McInerney; J McManus, B Stack, C Devaney; C Compton, T O'Rourke; E Smith, N Kilroy, F Cregg; D Smith, D Murtagh, C Murtagh.

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