Cork footballers need promotion to assure backdoor spot after Congress

Cork footballers need promotion to assure backdoor spot after Congress
Picture: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

THE Cork footballers have to gain promotion from Division 3 of the league next spring to guarantee themselves a spot in the backdoor and the race for Sam Maguire.

A new second tier inter-county football championship was voted through at Special Congress at Páirc Uí Chaoimh this weekend, which would include the Rebels if they remain in Division 3 and don’t beat Kerry next summer.

Ronan McCarthy’s side will host the Kingdom in the provincial semi-final and haven’t been their rivals in the Munster series since 2012. The new version of the Tommy Murphy Cup will feature the counties in Division 3 and Division 4 in 2021.

An exception will be made if a team reaches their provincial final next season, where they’d still be one win away from the Super 8s.

At the event in the Páirc, an ‘attacking mark’ for a catch inside the 45-metre line and the sin-bin for players black-carded were also voted in.

A player who picks up a black card will sit out the next 10 minutes, which doesn’t take into consideration delays.

Central Council agreed that the U20 All-Ireland football championship would return to a spring schedule increasing the chances of those playing in it also being allowed to line out for their seniors

GAA president John Horan maintains the new fixtures review committee won’t be hamstrung by Special Congress’ decision. That fixtures group, commissioned by Horan, will soon reveal their recommendations, but some of it was printed by the Irish News.

“The interesting feature is that the work going on with the fixtures review committee at the moment includes Tier Two in them all,” said Horan.

“If they are going to come forward with proposals as regards to fixtures and they have a tier two in it, they know there is an acceptance within the organisation to go for a tier two, so that just gives them a bit of a surer footing.”

The name for the new competition is expected to be confirmed next month.

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