Robbie O'Flynn and UCC can't wait for Fitzgibbon Cup clash with CIT

Robbie O'Flynn and UCC can't wait for Fitzgibbon Cup clash with CIT
Kilkenny's Michael Cody and Robbie O'Flynn of Cork in action last spring. Picture: INPHO/Lorraine O'Sullivan

UCC and Cork hurler Robbie O’Flynn is trying to balance the demands of college and county hurling at the moment.

The games are coming quick and fast for the college student, though the relevant managers are facilitating him. The College are one of the favourites in the Fitzgibbon, looking to retain their title, and host CIT in the Mardyke this Sunday.

Brothers Tom and Kieran Kingston are in charge of both sides and O’Flynn stated how they are constantly in contact with each other.

“It is hard to balance playing for Cork and UCC but the managers doing a great job and they’re very close in contact all the time so it’s very handy for all of us to be part of that set up,” he said.

Cork hurlers are set to face Waterford in the first round of the league.

They’ve defeated Waterford in the 2018 and 2019 Munster Championships and recently claimed victory in a Munster Senior Hurling League clash.

O’Flynn still feels the Déise will be hard to beat, as they’ve a new management team and will want to impress them.

“It’s obviously going to be a tough game. I know that they’ve new management and they’ll want to try and impress them. We went down there two weeks ago and we just came out of it. 

"It was a hard battle down there in Dungarvan so it’s going to be a tough task playing down there,” O’Flynn said.

Robbie O'Flynn and his team-mates prior to the Co-op Superstores Munster Hurling League 2020 Group B match against Kerry at Mallow. Picture: Matt Browne/Sportsfile
Robbie O'Flynn and his team-mates prior to the Co-op Superstores Munster Hurling League 2020 Group B match against Kerry at Mallow. Picture: Matt Browne/Sportsfile

The Erins Own player feels the league will be quite difficult for Cork hurlers, as they’re set to face Waterford, Tipperary, Westmeath, Limerick and Galway. Kingston’s side will be aiming to pick up their first league title since 1998.

“We know that it won’t be an easy league campaign and we’re trying to prepare as best we can for that now,” he said.

O’Flynn was involved with UCC during their two-point win over NUIG on Saturday, scoring in the opening exchanges. He was very pleased to get the victory, which leaves his side in pole position to qualify for the knock-out stages.

O’Flynn felt his side started the game slow but was delighted with the manner in which they ground out the win.

“Obviously coming up here we knew NUIG were going to try and ambush us from winning it last year.

“They attacked us from the first half and we started slowly if I’m being honest about it and we kind of had to shake a leg at half-time.

“They came at us again in the second half but we settled down and we got over it in the end,” the UCC star said.

UCC now face CIT in their next tie and O’Flynn believes home advantage will be massive for side.

“CIT game this week is at home so that’s a big advantage to us,” he said.

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