Hurling quarter-finals moved from Páirc Uí Chaoimh

Hurling quarter-finals moved from Páirc Uí Chaoimh
Na Piarsaigh celebrate their win against Glen Rovers. Picture: Jim Coughlan.

THE Cork County Senior Hurling Championships quarter-finals will be played in Páirc Uí Rinn and not in Páirc Uí Chaoimh as was first stated.

In a short statement issued today, the Cork County Board said due to ongoing works at the new stadium the four games, scheduled for the weekend after next, have been switched out of the Páirc.

The revamped venue will be available to host games from October 3 onwards, with the county finals likely to take place there.

The SHC double-headers will be on Saturday and Sunday week at the Boreenmanna Road venue. The first sees Blackrock against Newcestown at 3pm, followed by Na Piarsaigh against Bandon at 5.15pm.

Then on Sunday, September 24, there's an East-Cork affair between Erin’s Own and Imokilly at 2pm followed by the winners of Midleton and UCC, who play on Sunday, against Sarsfields.

Sarsfields' Jack O'Connor wins the ball from Killeagh's Brendan Barry. Picture: Eddie O'Hare
Sarsfields' Jack O'Connor wins the ball from Killeagh's Brendan Barry. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

With the elimination of the 2015 and 2016 winners Glen Rovers from the equation, the championship is now seen as being one of the most open for years.

Meanwhile, Conor Lehane returns to the Midleton team for their game with UCC after being marked absent for their last encounter back in June against Erin’s Own because of injury.

Eight of the Cork senior squad will be in action in that game, Darragh Fitzgibbon, Mark Coleman, Colm Spillane and David Griffin for the students while Killian Burke, Paul Haughney, Lehane and Luke O’Farrell will be on the starting block for the Magpies.

Another member of the squad, Chris O’Leary has been ruled out for UCC because of an injury that he sustained last week while assisting Valley Rovers in their SFC win over Avondhu.

Páirc Uí Rinn will host the two very attractive PIHC semi-finals next Saturday night with Cloyne taking on Mallow at 5.30pm and Kanturk against Ballinhassig at 7.15pm.

Cork players, Anthony Nash, Lorcán McLoughlin, Cormac Murphy and Patrick Collins will be in action, along with the likes of Paudie O'Sullivan and Aidan Walsh.

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