MARK COLEMAN might have two Munster senior medals and an All-Star to his name but he was a young man on a mission for the U21s in Páirc Uí Chaoimh last night.
The 20-year-old ran the show as a deep-lying midfielder for Denis Ring’s side who wiped Tipperary out with Robbie O’Flynn and Jack O’Connor firing the goals to go with a stunning haul of 23 points.
Coleman explained it was extra special to shine for the Leeside fans who made up the bulk of the 6,732 in attendance, for a second Munster victory in four days after beating Clare last Sunday. Cork lost Darragh Fitzgibbon in the first half; the flying midfielder had been ill coming into the senior decider.
The Blarney native was at the heart of many of Cork’s best plays, as well as shooting 0-3, but he felt the tackling of the forwards was key.
He was particularly satisfied to deliver for the management team of Ring, coach Johnny Dwyer, and selectors John Mortell, Liam Martin, and Fergus Ryan, given their connection since minor. Ring and his backroom did secure a minor trophy last summer, Cork’s first in nine years, but their bond with Coleman and co remains strong.