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Cork footballers in seven heaven ahead of Munster SFC semis

06 March 2018 01:39
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The first round of the Cork SFC, PIFC and IFC has been spread across the weekends of April 7/8 and 14/15, with the second round of games not taking place until July.

This is good news for Cork football manager Ronan McCarthy who will have access to most of his squad for the seven weeks before they welcome Tipperary or Waterford to Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Sunday, June 3.

Certain Cork footballers may play club championship hurling at the end of April, but that aside, their preparation should be largely interruption free.

Were Cork to progress to the Munster football decider on June 23, there is no wiggle room to play club championship between the Munster semi and final.

In 2017, the Cork football management, headed up by Peadar Healy, were afforded a four-week run-in to their Munster quarter-final. Healy would later hit out at the board after 15 of his players had to line out with their clubs two weeks before the Munster final against Kerry.

On the hurling front, there will be club championship hurling up until three weeks before Cork’s Munster round-robin opener on May 20. The Cork SHC first round has been fixed for the weekend of April 28/29 (Erin’s Own v Bride Rovers is a week earlier), with the second round not being run off until the provincial championship has concluded.

Elsewhere, Cork hurling manager John Meyler is hopeful Conor Lehane will be fit and available for this weekend’s must-win league clash away to Tipperary.

Lehane, forced off with an ankle injury during the round four defeat to Waterford, would likely have missed the trip to Tipp had the game gone ahead last Sunday. But the extra week’s recovery, made possible by the postponement of all GAA action last weekend, has put him back in management’s plans.

“Hopefully, we’ll have Conor back for the weekend,” Meyler told GAA.ie.

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Source: irishexaminer.com

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