Cork football rivals Nemo and Barrs gear up for another epic battle

Cork football rivals Nemo and Barrs gear up for another epic battle

Alan O’Donovan of Nemo Rangers in action against Jamie Burns of St Finbarr's in the club's epic county final draw in Páirc Uí Chaoimh in 2017. Picture: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

COUNTY football champions, St Finbarr’s, confirmed Glenn O'Connor's season is over after a serious collar bone injury sustained in the hurlers' win over Bishopstown.

“He's a massive loss, not only to the footballers, but the hurlers, as well because Glenn was flying in both,” said manager Paul O’Keeffe.

“He was a real imposing centre-back for us and as such was a key figure in our team.

“It's a bad injury, a lot worse than just an ordinary broken collar bone. I feared the worst when I saw it happen.”

Nemo also have injury concerns ahead of the eagerly awaited county championship quarter-final at Pairc Ui Rinn on Saturday evening at 7pm.

“We’ll have late fitness tests on Shane Martin, Barry O’Driscoll and Peter Morgan. I don’t think Shane will make it. Barry is 50-50, but I think Peter is better than that,” said manager Paul O’Donovan.

There’s mixed news about his sons, Cork’s Kevin and Alan, but Kevin Fulignati remains sidelined.

“Kevin (O’Donovan) played with us last week and trained as well, so once he doesn’t suffer a relapse, he should be all right.

“Alan hasn’t played for 12 months, but he has had a run out in recent challenge games though it’s probably too much too soon for 60 minutes.

“Yet, I reckon there will be something in him if needed.

“Kevin Fulignati has been missing since February due to a broken bone in his thumb. He had to have an operation and then a bone graft.

“Kevin is looking at another month before he can start training again,” O’Donovan added.

The 'Barr's will also be missing Eoin Comyns, who sat out the Carbery Rangers game due to a hamstring injury while Enda Dennehy is overseas.

The champions are happy enough with their preparations. “Mind you it was the same going into the Carbery game, when we were bouncing only to fall flat enough on the day.

“We've a number of niggling injuries and we're waiting for them to settle.

“I'd be happy enough with our first 15, but the squad is dwindling a bit.

“It's a novelty for us to be going in as champions. I believe it's a 50-50 affair which will be very tight and physical with only the bounce of a ball between us.

“There's an historic rivalry between the 'Barr's and Nemo and it's always a special game.

“There are no secrets because of the nature of the rivalry and we know each other inside out.

“We'll respect Nemo, but will focus on ourselves, getting the match-ups right and hopefully have a winning game-plan,” O’Keeffe commented.

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