THE Cork hurling management will be keeping their fingers crossed that the injury sustained by centre-back Tim O’Mahony over the weekend does not rule him out for the Munster championship.
The Newtownshandrum club player was replaced just before the interval in their championship opener with Kanturk at Charleville last Saturday night with what appeared to be a serious elbow injury.
Prior to his departure, he had secured two fine points from his centre-forward berth and after the game, he was being taken for an X-Ray to determine the extent of the injury.
He was due to have a scan on it as well and given how well he has contributed in the league, Cork team boss John Meyler will be hoping that it is not as serious as it looked.
In that game, former Cork star Jamie Coughlan was the star of the night, contributing 2-7 in his side’s five-point victory over the championship newcomers.
Overall, it was a positive weekend for the Cork players on duty with their clubs and, not for the first time, Patrick Horgan made a huge contribution to the Glen’s easy win over Ballymartle.
With a haul of 1-10, he was the standout player in that game.
Conor Lehane delivered six points for Midleton in their victory over Bishopstown while Mikey Cahalane fired home a vital goal for Bandon in their somewhat surprising win over Na Piarsaigh.
Luke Meade played his part for Newcestown in their fine triumph over St Finbarr’s, another mildly surprising outcome.
Daniel Kearney rifled over four points for Sars in their victory over Ballyhea and the Riverstown team had Cork newcomer Jack O’Connor in fine form too with 1-2.
Colm Spillane and Bill Cooper were in direct opposition in the PIHC clash of Castlelyons and Youghal and in that game, Spillane ended up on the winning side as they got home by a point.
Another Cork star, Mark Coleman ended up on the losing side as Blarney went under to Valley Rovers in their premier intermediate clash on Saturday night.
The draw for the second round of the SHC is now complete and is as follows, Killeagh v St Finbarr's, Ballymartle v Ballyhea, Bride Rovers v Na Piarsaigh, Kanturk v Bishopstown, Carrigtwohill a bye.
In the PIHC the standout game in the second round is the East Cork collision of Youghal and Cloyne.