Cork hurlers now set for busy weekend’s football

Cork hurlers now set for busy weekend’s football
Conor O'Driscoll of Aghada holds off the challenge from Newcestown's Luke Meade during the SFC match in Ballygarvan. Picture: Howard Crowdy

A number of Cork hurlers won't have much time to dwell on the disappointment of last Sunday's defeat as they turn their attentions to club football action at the weekend.

Michael Cahalane, who was introduced at half-time against Waterford, lines out for Bandon in their premier intermediate championship game against Castletownbere in Kealkil, tomorrow evening, at 7.15pm.

On Saturday, Luke Meade, who was replaced by Cahalane, will be central to Newcestown's senior championship prospects in a do-or-die round 2B tie at Páirc Uí Rinn, 8pm throw-in time.

And on Sunday, Damien Cahalane will feature for Castlehaven in their round 2A encounter with Carbery in Dunmanway, starting at 3pm.

Indeed, it's a hectic weekend for his colleague, Mark Collins, who plays for Douglas in their senior hurling championship game against Killeagh in Cobh on Saturday evening before switching codes less than 24 hours later.

Cork centre-back, Mark Ellis, lines out for Millstreet in their intermediate football championship round 2A encounter against Glanworth in Castlemagnier at 7pm.

Waterford are considered the rank outsiders in the All-Ireland hurling final with Galway, despite their impressive performance in the victory over Cork.

The bookies quote the westerners 2/5 favourites to land their first McCarthy Cup triumph since 1988 with the Déise 15/8 to end their 58-year drought.

Meanwhile, tributes continue to be paid to Armagh's Ciarán McKeever, who announced his retirement from the inter-county football following a glittering career, which started in 2003.

The 34-years-old, who captained the Orchard County for six years, won four Ulster senior titles with Armagh, as well as three leagues, division 1 in 2005, division 2 in 2010 and division 3 in 2015.

McKeever also won Ulster and All-Ireland U21 medals, helping Ulster capture four interprovincials and represented Ireland in four international Rules series against Australia.

“It was always my dream to represent Armagh growing up, so it's with a heavy heart that I announce my retirement from inter-county football,” he said in a prepared statement, issued by the Gaelic Players Association, on Tuesday.

“It has been a great honour to have been part of the Armagh squad from 2003 to 2017, as captain for six of those year, and this is not a decision I have arrived at lightly. I believe the time is now right to call it a day.”

McKeever underwent two operations last year.

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