Lehane will shake off an ankle injury to start in the county final for Midleton

Lehane will shake off an ankle injury to start in the county final for Midleton
Midleton's Conor Lehane bursts past Newtownshadrum's Jamie Coughlan, Picture: Eddie O'Hare

CONOR LEHANE will be a definite starter for Midleton in next Sunday’s East Cork showdown with Imokilly in the county SHC final.

There was some concern expressed as to his availability because of an ankle injury he suffered in injury-time of the team’s win over Blackrock in the semi-final.

While he has been receiving treatment subsequently, he will be a key figure in his club’s attempt to regain the title that they last held in 2013 when Lehane was the star of the show against Sarsfields in the final with a return of 2-10.

Picture: Eddie O'Hare
Picture: Eddie O'Hare

It’s all systems go now in Clonmult Memorial Park and in the town itself and, according to club PRO, Colman Quirke, the hard work has been done now.

“It was just a case to putting the finishing touches to things this week, tidying up stuff and everything is ready now.

“There’s a good buzz, all the more so because you have two east Cork teams lining up.

“Two of our players, Luke O’Farrell and Seamus O’Farrell are teachers in Saleen so there’s plenty of banter going on down there.

“I suppose at the start of the year there might have been a bit of uncertainty about after losing players like Killian Burke and Alwyn Kearney but the young lads who have come in have fitted in very well and the management have been delighted with them.

“We won the minor title last Monday and you had Tommy O’Connell involved there. We’d be hoping that a few more of that team will be putting up their hands shortly.’’

Pa White, Elliot Mulcahy, Sean O'Meara and Cormac Beausang ahead of the final. Picture: Larry Cummins
Pa White, Elliot Mulcahy, Sean O'Meara and Cormac Beausang ahead of the final. Picture: Larry Cummins

The club has grown considerably in the five years since the title was won in 2013, according to Quirke.

“It has, you could say that even in that short space of time a new generation has come on stream.

“Back then, the camogie section and ladies football were only in their infancy but in the camogie section now alone we have over 200 members.

“It’s a big operation now catering for all these younger players but that is the way you want it.

“And, hopefully, on Sunday night we’ll have the senior hurling championship trophy back in the club to show them.

“It will be a huge task against a very good Imokilly side but everyone is ready now for that challenge.’’

Captain Luke O'Farrell signing jersies for young supporters. Picture: Larry Cummins
Captain Luke O'Farrell signing jersies for young supporters. Picture: Larry Cummins

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