Brian Hurley lines out in challenge match against Galway as footballers trim their panel 

Brian Hurley lines out in challenge match against Galway as footballers trim their panel 
Brian Hurley takes on Johnny Cooper of Dublin in the 2015 league final. Picture: INPHO/Tommy Grealy

BRIAN Hurley played his first game for Cork in almost two years, when coming on for 25 minutes of a challenge against Galway during the week.

The 25-years-old Castlehaven forward last wore the red jersey in the Munster semi-final defeat by Tipperary in June, 2016.

Since then Hurley's career has been blighted by serious hamstring injuries, which threatened to end his footballing days.

Picture: Piaras Ó Mídheach/SPORTSFILE
Picture: Piaras Ó Mídheach/SPORTSFILE

And while he didn't make the Haven senior panel against Dohenys recently, Hurley played in the final 12 minutes for the juniors last weekend before appearing for Cork in a four-point defeat by Galway.

The game was played in Claregalway on Tuesday and Hurley acquitted himself well, according to coach Ronan McCarthy.

“He was flying really. The main thing now is that Brian doesn't suffer any negative reaction.

“We will still have to be steady with him. Brian is further in his recovery that we had thought,” he said.

Cork have a 33-strong championship panel preparing for the Munster semi-final against either Tipperary or Waterford.

It includes the four Nemo Rangers players, Paul Kerrigan, Luke Connolly, Stephen Cronin and Barry O'Driscoll who missed the league campaign, but Alan O'Donovan isn't included. Connolly and Cronin played against Galway.

They were joined by the returning Jim Loughrey, who last played in the round 4 qualifier loss to Mayo back in July.

And while Kerrigan will miss the semi-final as he recovers from finger surgery, Cork are boosted by news that Aidan Walsh won't need a shoulder operation.

Two players who figured in the league aren't in the panel for different reasons. Conor Dorman loses out while Clyda Rovers' Dan O'Callaghan suffered a cruciate knee ligament in training.

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