Páirc strife... Cork footballers will be under extra pressure against Kerry

Páirc strife... Cork footballers will be under extra pressure against Kerry
Action from Cork and Kerry at Páirc Uí Chaoimh. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

CORK are keeping their cards close to their chest ahead of the Special Congress at Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Saturday week after the Munster football draw coughed up a semi-final with Kerry next summer.

“All things will be considered on the day,” was the succinct comment from county board PRO Joseph Blake.

Cork's delegation, who were given a free vote by club delegates at last weekend's board meeting, will decide on whether to support a motion calling for a Tier 2 senior championship or maintain the status quo.

It's a motion which could have serious repercussions for Cork because if it succeeds in getting 60% or more of the vote and is passed, then the Rebels could be barred from competing for the Sam Maguire Cup in 2020.

That's because only divisions 1 and 2 teams would be eligible to compete and Cork will be operating in division 3 next season, along with Tipperary, who were paired with Clare in the quarter-finals.

There's a get-out clause, though, as divisions 3 and 4 counties would be able to play for Sam if they managed to reach their provincial finals, though in Cork's case that would appear unlikely, despite rattling Kerry's cage in this year's final.

Tipperary are also proposing a motion for the counties' league status to be determined after the 2020 campaign and not the current standings, which is another possible escape route for Cork and Tipp.

So, it's a waiting game for manager Ronan McCarthy and company as they sweat on the outcome of the Special Congress verdict.

Cork and Kerry last met in a Munster semi-final in 2012, when Cork won by 0-17 to 0-12 in front of a crowd of 23,184 at Páirc Uí Chaoimh with Kerry dethroned in the process. Cork overcame Clare by 3-16 to 0-13 in the final.

The happiest manager in the province is sure to be Clare's Colm Collins, who has avoided Kerry for the first time since 2015, and the Banner will fancy their chances of reaching their first decider since 2012.

The draw is: 

Quarter-finals: Waterford v Limerick; Clare v Tipperary.

Semi-finals: Waterford or Limerick v Clare or Tipperary; Cork v Kerry, Páirc Uí Chaoimh.

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