IAN Maguire is to captain Cork footballers in their Division 2 league campaign.
Regular skipper Paul Kerrigan is out injured at the moment and gearing up to be fit for Nemo Rangers’ All-Ireland club semi-final against Slaughtneil next month.
The 23-years-old St Finbarr’s midfielder, a trainee accountant with Grant Thornton, will lead the side out for the opening game against Tipperary at Páirc Uí Chaoimh tomorrow week.
“One of the reasons we picked Ian is because of his competitive spirit and great determination,” said coach Ronan McCarthy. “He has not only shown that in the way he plays, but Ian’s come back from serious injury (back), as well.
“Some fellows just have captain material and are natural leaders without too much effort. Ian falls into that category.
“He also plays in a position where he influences an awful lot that goes on on the pitch.
“I think Ian is a big character with big shoulders and I don’t believe it will be any burden to him. We will review it again after the league,” he added.
Maguire, who captained the Barrs in the county final replay defeat by Nemo, said he was delighted to be named captain.
“It’s a great honour for my family and my club,” he commented.
Meanwhile, a number of Cork footballers featured yesterday afternoon for UCC in a Division 1 league final against UL in the Mardyke. Kevin Crowley captained the College side with Seán Powter playing a vital role at wing-forward and Nemo’s Stephen Cronin at centre-back.
New recruits Michael McSweeney, Cian Kiely, Steven Sherlock and Cian Dorgan also featured, while Douglas’ Kevin Flahive occupied the number 12 berth.
Sherlock and Dorgan kicked a point each in a 0-12 to 0-10 victory, with Kerry’s Sean O’Shea top-scoring with 0-9, seven from frees.
In the hurling, UCC were too strong for CIT in their Fitzgibbon Cup group stage opener last night and can secure a home quarter-final if they beat UCD next Wednesday afternoon.
Robbie O’Flynn hit 1-1 off the bench in a 1-19 to 0-12 win, with Rebel seniors David Griffin, Chris O’Leary, Seán O’Donoghue, Darragh Fitzgibbon, Mark Coleman, and Shane Kingston all starting.