Cadogan returns to league duty for Douglas in a full-forward line with Kingston and Turnbull

Cadogan returns to league duty for Douglas in a full-forward line with Kingston and Turnbull
Alan Cadogan was in a Douglas attack with Shane Kingston and Brian Turnbull. Picture: Jim Coughlan.

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championship and All-Ireland series with Cork last season after injuring his knee in March of that year and when he was withdrawn in his first start back with the county against the Premier County over a month ago there were fears that he was in for another protracted spell on the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.

Douglas' Shane Kingston gathers the ball from Imokilly's Timmy Geaney back in 2016. Picture: Eddie O'Hare
Douglas' Shane Kingston gathers the ball from Imokilly's Timmy Geaney back in 2016. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

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.

Cork received another boost with the news their captain and All-Star forward Seamus Harnedy will be available to face Tipp next month.

Harnedy, and Kilkenny’s Conor Delaney, are free to play their counties’ championship openers following a decision by the GAA’s Central Appeals Committee (CAC) in Croke Park last night.

Both were sent off in the last league ties of the spring and sat out the Cork-Kilkenny “relegation play-off” which decided what section the teams would play in next season.

Initially, it had been announced that clash at Nowlan Park wouldn’t cover their suspensions.

The Cork County championship begins in earnest next weekend with nearly the entire panel involved across the grades.

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.

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