IMOKILLY set off tonight on the road that they hope will end with a third Cork County SHC title in-a-row next Autumn.
Carrigdhoun provide the opposition tonight in the opening round of the Divisions/Colleges section of the championship and the holders will be calling on Cork senior stars Seamie Harnedy and Bill Cooper to lead them on their quest.
Another member of the Cork panel, Ger Millerick who lined out against Kilkenny recently in Nowlan Park will be on the starting 15 as well while Fr O’Neill’s clubmate Deccie Dalton, who figured for Cork in the Munster SHL before undergoing a knee operation, is available again after lining out with O’Neill’s in a club game last weekend.
Another Cork player, Colm Spillane is ruled out, however, through injury but his brother Anthony will feature in the first 15 in attack.
He played with UCC in 2017 and was injured last season and his addition to the plans is a significant boost.
Former Cork players, Paudie O’Sullivan, John Cronin and Brian Lawton will be starting too against the team from the South-East while another player who has figured for Cork, Colm Barry will be starting as well.
However, star forward Will Leahy is ruled out with a foot injury.
The reigning champions, according to selector Ciaran Cronin, are not looking beyond this opener and their objective will be the same as it has been for the past few seasons.
“We will treat every opposition the same, it’s all about this game now, we might be favourites again but Carrigdhoun have a lot of good hurlers from strong clubs and we will not underestimate them in any way.
“First round games are always tricky and we must be tuned in from the start tonight.’’’