Imokilly have a wealth of talent at their disposal as they bid to retain the title

Imokilly have a wealth of talent at their disposal as they bid to retain the title
Imokilly's Seamie Harnedy celebrates his goal against Sars last season. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

IMOKILLY hurling boss Fergal Condon and his selectors face a major dilemma in naming their starting 15 for this Sunday’s hurling quarter-final with Newcestown at Páirc Uí Rinn, 4.15pm.

In their defeat of Bishopstown in the last outing they lined up without team captain Seamus Harnedy, Colm Barry, Declan Dalton and player of the match in last season’s final win over Blackrock, Ger Millerick.

Imokilly playmaker Brian Lawton. Picture: Gavin Browne
Imokilly playmaker Brian Lawton. Picture: Gavin Browne

All four are now fit and ready to go again and if they get the nod four of the side that featured in the win over Bishopstown will have to drop out.

“It’s a problem alright, I suppose a good one to have," Condon said. “We have a strong squad of players, we can’t say otherwise and everyone wants to play but that can’t happen.

“We had eight personnel changes from last year’s final team the night against Bishopstown and you had players like Kieran Histon, Barra O’Tuama and Barry Lawton on the bench. We’ll have to see how Colm Barry and Colm Spillane get on for Castlelyons against Courcey Rovers on Friday night and take it from there." 

Imokilly manager Fergal Condon. Picture: Eddie O'Hare
Imokilly manager Fergal Condon. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

Imokilly are strongly favoured to defeat Newcestown.

“Look, we can’t control others making us favourites, we can only control what we do ourselves. We are focused on Newcestown and anyone that knows anything about them will know they are a club that is always difficult to get past.

“They have good hurlers and will bring a strong, physical presence. They beat the Barrs and then came through a big derby game in West Cork against Bandon so they’ll not be short on confidence.

Bandon's Michael Cahalane blocking down a shot by Newcestown's Greg Murphy. Picture: Denis Minihane.
Bandon's Michael Cahalane blocking down a shot by Newcestown's Greg Murphy. Picture: Denis Minihane.

“We look at every game now in this championship as 50/50 and I think the other three quarter-finals are the same. There is a fierce determination in our squad to win this county again and emulate the team from the ‘90s.

“But it’s Newcestown and only them that we are thinking about right now. We’ll select the 15 that we think will get us through and it’s good to have strong options on the bench to come in too if the need arises."

Derek Barrett, Ciaran Cronin, Fergal Condon, Sean Harnedy and Jimmy Smiddy, the Imokilly management, with the cup last year. Picture: Jim Coughlan.
Derek Barrett, Ciaran Cronin, Fergal Condon, Sean Harnedy and Jimmy Smiddy, the Imokilly management, with the cup last year. Picture: Jim Coughlan.

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