SEAMUS Harnedy scored two goals and six points, Shane Kingston returned from injury and Conor O’Sullivan featured for the first time this year as Cork went under to Limerick in a highly entertaining challenge game in Limerick on Sunday night.
Kieran Kingston’s team are intensifying their preparations for the trip to Thurles on May 21 and last night’s game was their second in a week, having lost to Clare the previous Sunday night.
Patrick Collins wore the number one jersey and was fronted by Stephen McDonnell, Damien Cahalane and Conor O’Sullivan.
The half-back line was comprised of Chris Joyce, Mark Ellis and Killian Burke with Danny Kearney and Brian Lawton at midfield.
Harnedy, Luke Meade and Bill Cooper made up the half-forward sector with Alan Cadogan, Mikey Cahalane and Kingston inside.
Apart from Harnedy’s return of 2-6, Cahalane delivered 1-2 and Kingston 1-1 in the 2-25 to 4-17 loss.
CORK (v Limerick): P Collins; S McDonnell, D Cahalane, C O’Sullivan; C Joyce, M Ellis, K Burke; B Lawton, D Kearney; S Harnedy, L Meade, B Cooper; A Cadogan, M Cahalane, S Kingston.
Subs used: P Haughney, R O’Flynn, J Sheehan, M O’Halloran, L O’Farrell, E Murphy.
Meanwhile, in the Cork SFC, holders Carbery Rangers easily overcame Clonakilty at Castlehaven.
The 2016 champions were in impressive form and had 0-14 to spare at the end of the hour.
In the other game at the West Cork venue, Carbery and Ilen Rovers could not be separated after extra-time and must do it all over again.
In the Cork County PIHC there were significant wins for Kilworth over Fermoy, Kanturk over Castlelyons, Charleville over Fr O’Neill’s and Blarney over Watergrasshill.
Noel McNamara scored 3-3 for Kilworth in their win over near-neighbours Fermoy while Cork player Darragh Fitzgibbon hit 0-6 for Charleville.
Sarsfields, Kilbrittain and Midleton all secured good wins in the IHC against Dungourney, Castlemartyr and Grenagh respectively.
In the PIFC, near neighbours Macroom and Naomh Abhan had to go to extra-time to settle their differences at Cill Na Martra.
At the end of the eighty minutes, Macroom were ahead by a point.
In the lower tier, Glanworth easily overcame Douglas with Shane O’Riordan scoring 2-3 for the North Cork team.