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Avondhu's Colm O'Neill kicks a point. Picture: Larry Cummins.
Avondhu's Colm O'Neill kicks a point. Picture: Larry Cummins.
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Cork ace Colm O'Neill is in top form for Avondhu in the SFC

Éamonn Murphy

GAA

CORK'S star forward Colm O'Neill was on top form over the Bank Holiday weekend, hitting 1-7, 1-6 from play, as Avondhu swept past Kiskeam.

The divisional outfit reached last year's semi-finals, having previously made the last four in 2011, and were far too strong for last year's Premier Intermediate winners Kiskeam, in a 3-20 to 2-11 victory.

O'Neill's performance is a boost for the Cork football management ahead of the first round of the Munster championship away to Waterford next month, with Division 3 champions Tipperary set to face Cork at Páirc Uí Rinn in a huge provincial semi-final in early June once the Rebels progress as expected. The hope is Cork will reach the Munster final against holders Kerry, which will then be played at the revamped Páirc Uí Chaoimh to mark its opening.

James Loughrey and Tomás Clancy also featured for Avondhu yesterday, though many of Cork's key players won't be in action until next weekend, when the likes of Nemo Rangers, O'Donovan Rossa and St Finbarr's begin their championship campaigns.

In other senior ties over the weekend, Valley Rovers beat Beara 1-14 to 0-7 thanks to the sharpshooting of former Cork senior Fiachra Lynch and Tadhg O'Brien, while Pearse O'Neill and Cian Fleming were on song for Aghada in a 0-13 to 1-8 win over Dohenys.

See Monday's Evening Echo for all the reports.