Cormac Murphy's return was the one plus from Nowlan Park disappointment

Cormac Murphy's return was the one plus from Nowlan Park disappointment
Conor Fogarty of Kilkenny in action against Cormac Murphy of Cork. Picture: Ray McManus/Sportsfile

CORK hurling boss John Meyler singled out Cormac Murphy as one of the big positives from his side’s loss to Kilkenny in the opening round of the league at Nowlan Park.

Murphy, recalled to the squad this season, was in outstanding form in the middle of the field and he embellished his day’s work with four well-executed points from play.

“It’s disappointing to lose, Kilkenny were much sharper and Kilkenny were contesting more ball than we were," Meyler said after the 2-18 to 0-17 loss.

“We started off really well, the first five, 10 minutes, then Kilkenny got going. They took their chances and we were denied by a great save by Eoin Murphy late in the game from Hoggy after Dalton had set him up.

“Look, it’s disappointing but one of the positives was the performance of Cormac Murphy in the middle of the field there.

“He worked very hard, got four very good points for us and that was something you’d have to be pleased with."

Besides Murphy, Patrick Horgan was in superb form again and he had 10 points alongside his name at the final whistle, 0-5 from open play.

On the colleges front, it was a great day for the two Cork schools with CBC and Midleton CBS making it through to the Harty Cup final, the first all Cork decider since the ‘90s.

CBC are into their first final in over 100 years after taking out Thurles CBS with fine scoring returns from Padraic Power, Shane Barrett, Jack Cahalane and Declan Hanlon.

Midleton CBS saw off De La Salle Waterford with a last-gasp goal from Ryan McCarthy, his long-range free in stoppage time going all the way to the net to give his team a two-point win.

In the B final it will be an all Cork affair too after Rochestown College defeated Charleville CBS and Hamilton High School Bandon defeated Cashel CC.

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