THE injuries sustained in the first-half of Cork’s fine victory over Tipperary to Tim O’Mahony and Aidan Walsh will have to be assessed by the management and the medics in the coming days.
Both were replaced in the first-half of Cork’s two-point victory, Walsh after 21 minutes by Darragh Fitzgibbon, and O’Mahony a few minutes later by Mark Coleman, in the second round of the league at floodlight Páirc Uí Chaoimh.
Fitzgibbon and Coleman contributed handsomely to the win, firing over three points between them and playing the world of ball, something that delighted Kingston. By the same token he was disappointed to see Walsh and O'Mahony limp off, as both had started the game well, using their heft tellingly.
“Aidan and Tim have to be assessed, Aidan has a quad issue, Tim has an ankle issue, we don’t know.
“It was a bit of a challenge when they had to be substituted but it was pleasing from our viewpoint that in losing two key players, we adjusted, both were going very well at the time and we had to adjust."
“We didn’t expect to have had to make changes so early and we had rested a few students involved in the Fitzgibbon Cup and we didn’t anticipate that we’d have to bring them in as early as we did.
“That, I suppose, upset our plans but I was delighted the way the lads reacted to that adjustment, losing a centre-back and a wing-forward.
“But the changes were seamless and I was very pleased with that."
One of the stars of the night was Erin’s Own’s Robbie O’Flynn with a return of 1-3 and the Cork boss was delighted with how he took his chance.
“Robbie worked really, really hard. He got an opportunity tonight and he took it and I was delighted for him. There were many others too but I am of the belief that anytime 15 players take the field wearing a Cork jersey I expect them to be competitive.
“I expect them to put in a performance and that’s what we want. I am not really in the habit of individualising players, this is a team game and tonight we used 19 players and all of them did their job while they were out there.
“We had two guys tonight coming back from long term injuries, Colm Spillane (below) and Alan Cadogan and it was important for them to get this game under their belt.
“That was something that was very pleasing for us too and I was happy with the work-rate of the team overall.
“I was delighted to win the game, of course, and delighted with the performance."