Young Footballer of the Year nominee Powter helps Douglas to U21 hurling victory

Young Footballer of the Year nominee Powter helps Douglas to U21 hurling victory

Sean Powter, Douglas, gets away despite a flying hurley against Midleton last night. Picture: Jim Coughlan. 

The 20-year-old was one of the few shining lights from a disappointing summer for the Cork footballers and excelled in the Rebels' extra-time defeat to Mayo in the qualifiers.

Powter made his debut in 2016 when his direct running caused Donegal huge problems and it was the same this season when he also impressed against Kerry in Killarney before the clash with the Westerners.

Powter goes up against Galway's Michael Daly and Dublin's Con O'Callaghan, who is unbackable favourite to collect the prize, for the Young Footballer of the Year accolade, which will be voted on by the players. Stephen Cluxton, James McCarthy, Andy Moran and David Clarke will vie for the senior Footballer of the Year. In an unusual move, the Dublin and Mayo keepers have both been included so as not to influence the All-Star selection, which Clarke won last year despite being dropped for the All-Ireland final replay.

Powter was on club duty on Wednesday night, as the Douglas U21 hurlers defeated Midleton 2-12 to 1-13 in the first round of the county U21 hurling championship. The city side won the first premier, as opposed to divisional, version of the U21 grade in 2016 though their cause this year hasn't been helped by a cruciate knee injury suffered by Cork minor star Brian Turnbull.

They still have Shane Kingston up front, but Douglas relied on the freetaking of Diarmuid O'Mahony and goals from Eoin O'Sullivan and Liam Dineen against the Magpies, who go through the backdoor.

In other action last night, Russell Rovers hammered Carrigdhoun champions Valley Rovers 5-15 to 0-8 in the first round of the JAHC, which now includes divisional runners-up. Despite losing to St Catherine's in East Cork, Russell Rovers were on fire, with Josh Beausang hitting 3-6.

Buttevant beat Glenbower Rovers in the JAFC, while Inniscarra had two victories, in the Mid Cork U21 hurling semi-final and round two of the senior camogie championship.

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