ONE of the more interesting aspects of Cork’s opening three league games in division 2 has been the placing of Mark Collins in the inside line.
The Castlehaven player is one of six players to have started against Tipperary, Down and Louth and is the team’s leading scorer with 1-13 of which 1-8 has come from play. Collins is just as capable in a creative role from centre-forward and has filled in at midfield for the Haven on occasion, too.
But, his partnership with Colm O’Neill in front of goal is clearly full of potential with the Ballyclough forward, who didn’t start all three, contributing 1-10, 0-8 from frees.
The Collins-O’Neill axis is one of the obvious early successes of new coach Ronan McCarthy’s reign with game four looming against Cavan at Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Sunday week, 1pm throw-in.
Meanwhile, Kerry boss, Eamonn Fitzmaurice, will be keeping an anxious eye on the result of the Sigerson Cup semi-final between UCD and UUJ in Inniskeane tonight.
He has three players in the Dublin university set-up, including midfielders Jack Barry and Barry O’Sullivan, as well as Brian Ó Seanacháin.
If UCD win, they will be out again in the final on Saturday which would leave Fitzmaurice looking elsewhere to fill the vacancies for the Kingdom’s re-arranged division 1 game against Monaghan, 24 hours later.
Ironically, it was the same venue which was ruled unplayable last weekend, but is now considered capable of hosting two games this week.
There’s also a Tipperary connection to the UCD team in the shape of defender Jimmy Feehan and attacker Liam Casey. This pair are set for their fourth game in 10 days and it’s just as well Tipp have no league game next weekend.
The other semi-final features NUIG, who ended UCC’s interests in the competition in the quarter-final, and DIT, at O’Moore Park, Portlaoise. The final is in Dublin on Saturday at 3.30pm.
Cork hurling referee, Cathal McAllister, was the man in the middle for last night’s Fitzgibbon Cup semi-final between UL, conquerors of UCC last time out, and DJ Carey’s IT Carlow, at Waterford IT.
DIT and DCU Dóchas Eireann met in the other semi-final. The final is in Mallow on Saturday week.
It seems likely Dublin star, Bernard Brogan, will not undergo surgery to repair a cruciate knee ligament injury suffered in training last week.
The 34-years-old is set to avoid an operation by building up muscle around the knee and so give himself an outside chance of appearing with the All-Ireland championship this summer