Although the new season is less than a month old,some things never change, and in Munster, Cork and Kerry are set to meet again next Sunday, in the McGrath Cup semi final.
Despite fielding a second string side for the second week running, the rebels were far too strong for Limerick in their clash at the Gaelic Grounds yesterday. Only Ger Spillane and Eoin Cotter would have been known to fans outside the county, while Tom O’Neill ad David Goold, are brothers of current stars, Pierce and Fintan.
A number of the new players have staked their claims for inclusion in Cork’s league panel, including Mark Cronin who finished with 0-3 yesterday. Selector Terry O’Neill believes that Cronin is worth keeping faith with as the league approaches, ” “he’s a very talented natural footballer who needs to be exposed now in the higher level to just see what he can do”.
Another to impress was Denis O’Sullivan, who scored 1-1 from wing-back,O’Neill adding “Denis is another very natural footballer who, bear in mind, is just back from two cruciate operations so it could take him another 12 months to fulfil the expectations at this level, but he has great potential”.
Fiachra Lynch also showed that he has the potential to make it at a higher level, hitting 1-3 for Cork in the first half. Although Limerick moved Johnny McCarthy onto him later in the game, the damage had already been done. Cork led 2-5 to 0-5 at the break, Kevin MacMahon, being the other goal scorer.
Ian Ryan was Limerick’s chief threat, and most of his scores came from placed balls. Five points in succession soon after the restart brought the home side back into the match, but when Cronin hit three in a row for Cork the game was over as a contest.
Scorers — Cork: F Lynch 1-3, D O’Sullivan, K MacMahon 1-1 each, M Cronin 0-3, AJ O’Connor, D Goold, J Sexton 0-1 each. Limerick: I Ryan 0-7 (5f), L Costello 0-2, B Fitzpatrick, J Cooke, D Kelly 0-1 each.
Cork — D Lordan; B Shanahan, G Spillane, E Cotter; D O’Sullivan, R O’Sullivan, AJ O’Connor; A O’Connor, E Keane T O’Neill, D Goold, K McMahon; J Sexton, F Lynch, C O’Driscoll. Subs: M Cronin for Sexton (51), D O’Connor for Keane (55), M Herlihy for O’Driscoll (60), D O’Donovan for MacMahon (65), M Dilworth for Goold (68).
Limerick — C Wallace; J McCarthy, B Fitzpatrick, M Sheehan; M McCormack, S Gallagher, P Ranahan; E Joy, J Galvin; J Mullane, S Kelly, D McCarthy; L Costello, J Cooke, I Ryan. Subs: J Hoare for McCormack (44), D Kelly for McCarthy (55), E Fitzgibbon for Sheehan (61), P Kinnerk for Cooke (65), P Ahern for Kinnerk (67).
Ref — M Condon (Waterford)