CORK star Alan Cadogan played his first game on Wednesday night since being injured in the national hurling league game against Tipperary in March.
The Douglas native lined out in a Cork County SHL game against Glen Rovers and was prominent throughout, scoring a couple of points in the 0-21 apiece draw with the Blackpool outfit.
Cadogan missed the entire Munster championship and All-Ireland series with Cork last season after injuring his knee in March of that year and when he was withdrawn in his first start back with the county against the Premier County over a month ago there were fears that he was in for another protracted spell on the sidelines.
However, those fears have been allayed now and his return is a big boost for the southside club before they face Bride Rovers next weekend in the opening round of the championship.
It’s a big boost too for Cork boss John Meyler who was present at the game on Wednesday night. His absence last season was a huge blow, limiting Cork’s attacking options considerably.
Cadogan’s older brother Eoin lined out as well in that midweek game and was very influential at full-back. He missed the opening round of the SFC last Sunday against Bishopstown but was back in fine form for the hurlers.
Shane Kingston played as well for Douglas as did Cork footballer Mark Collins who was on the Castlehaven team defeated by Fermoy last Sunday.
Patrick Horgan was at centre-forward for the Glen with Robert Downey at wing-back.
The Cork management will be keeping a close eye on the proceedings. Castlelyons Niall O’Leary and Valley Rovers' Chris O’Leary, who were excellent for UCC in the Fitzgibbon Cup, have already been brought into the Cork panel.