Cork Name Three Debutants for Limerick Trip
By Darren Brennan
Cork Senior Footballers start their championship campaign tomorrow evening against Limerick in LIT Gaelic Grounds and after a mixed 2020 where they shocked Kerry in Pairc Ui Chaoimh in the Munster Semi Final, a lacklustre Munster Final performance gave Tipperary their first Munster crown since 1936.
They name three debutants in the side, Daniel O’Mahony from Knocknagree comes into the fullback line with Douglas’ Brian Hartnett and Cill Na Marta’s Daniel Dineen coming into the forward line. Nemo Rangers’ Micheal Martin retain’s his place between the sticks despite Clonakility’s Mark White being recalled to the squad after taking a year out in 2020. Sean Powter is at corner back with Sean Meehan who impressed last winter at centre back. Captain Ian Maguire is partnered with Kanturk’s Paul Walsh. Up front the hard working Ruairi Deane is at centre forward with the free scoring Luke Connolly and Brian Hurley are in the full forward line with Dineen.
Limerick had a good enough championship campaign in 2020 beating Waterford then losing out to Tipperary in the Munster semi final after extra time after a great performance. The Treaty county beat Waterford two weeks ago comprehensively and will really fancy their chances here especially at home.
Donal O’Sullivan is between the posts with Brian Fanning just in front of him. Captain Iain Corbett is in the number 6 position. Up front Hugh and Robbie Bourke from Adare who scored 2-6 between them against Waterford, start in the full forward line with Danny Neville. Further out the field Cian Sheehan and Cillian Fahy start at wing and centre forward respectively after impressing against Waterford
The rebel's firepower up front should prove the difference in this encounter.
Cork: Micheal Martin (Nemo Rangers); Sean Powter (Douglas), Daniel O’Mahony (Knocknagree), Kevin Flahive (Douglas); Kevin O’Donovan (Nemo Rangers), Sean Meehan (Kiskeam), Mattie Taylor (Mallow); Ian Maguire (St. Finbarr’s - Capt.), Paul Walsh (Kanturk); Brian Hartnett (Douglas), Ruairi Deane (Bantry Blues), John O’Rourke (Carbery Rangers); Luke Connolly (Nemo Rangers), Brian Hurley (Castlehaven), Daniel Dineen (Cill Na Martra)
Limerick: Donal O’Sullivan (Monaleen); Sean O’Dea (Kilteely/Dromkeen), Brian Fanning (Pallasgreen), Michael Donovan (Galbally); Robert Childs (Galtee Gaels), Iain Corbett (Newcastlewest - Capt.), Gordon Brown (Na Piarsaigh); Darragh Tracy (St. Kieran’s), Tommie Childs (Galtee Gaels); Cian Sheehan (Newcastlewest), Cillian Fahy (Dromcollogher/Broadford), Adrian Enright (Fr. Casey’s); Danny Neville (Ballysteen), Robbie Bourke (Adare), Hugh Bourke (Adare)