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Cork builds strength in depth as competition for places in attack heats up

KARK GO To his meeting with Limerick in Division 1A with two wins out of two in the bag.

A lot of heartfelt searches took place at Liside in the winter after they were dismantled by contract in the All-Ireland final.

As a result of the points show against Claire and Offaly the Rebels scored a total of 6-55. Kieran Kingston has laid out the minutes on his team, and the fight for a place ahead is particularly interesting.

Cork has decided not to participate in the pre-season Munster Herling Cup, so Kingston sees the league as an opportunity to appreciate his talent.

“You’re trying to build a panel,” Kingston said. “These few weeks have been very challenging, last Tuesday and Wednesday with the Fitzgibbon Cup we had guys playing.

“On Tuesday we will have Kiaran Joyce playing with the Freshers, so it’s important that you have a panel that you can refer to for these games, particularly during this preseason. We have a good panel and we are happy with the panel we have. ”

Cork used 26 players in its first two games. Kingston has made six changes in the first round since Jer Millerick, Rob Downey, Alan Kadagan, Padreig Power, Shane Barrett and Kiaran Joyce dropped out, mostly due to injury and college training.

Former AFL man Mark Keane made his league debut and worked well after moving to the striker. He actively participated in the starting goal of the game, making a U-turn and saw that his shot was saved before Connor Leahyne made a rebound before adding two points in the second period.

His air ability, running and using the ball make him a useful option on the half-forward line. He gives Kingston a different option than the other strikers they own.

“We gave Mark a couple of weekends, but we trained on Tuesday and Thursday, and Mark was with us that night,” his manager remarked.

“So that’s a sign of how much he wants to be involved, he spent a day or two and then was in the saddle with us again on Tuesday night. Because of that and because we saw it in training, we said we would give it a start and I thought he made a very good change. “

Jack O’Connor was introduced from the bench in consecutive games as Cork controlled his workload given his recent UCC Fitzgibbon commitments. Patrick Horgan made his debut of the season as a replacement against Offaly when he facilitated his path in the company.

Connor Kahalein and Robbie O’Flynn worked hard on the flanks before being replaced, while Shane Kingston started the season in electric form, scoring 2-8 to continue his nine points last week.

“A couple of guys were knocked on today. Conor Kahalein played college throwing for a week, Robbie O’Flynn didn’t do much, he came back with us only the last few weeks.

“It was very difficult to get out in these conditions. 76 minutes of play plus a warm-up is very hard for the feet, so it’s important to give the guys a break when they’re having a lot going on, and try the other guys on the panel. ”

Connor Leahyn returned to the panel after his 2021 miss. He was used on the half-forward line against Claire and in the corner against Ophali, where he showed flashes of brilliance, scoring 1-2, although he did not hold out beyond the 52nd minute in any game.

Kingston also looked at a number of recent alumni from underage groups such as Deir O’Leary, Tommy O’Connell, Sam Quirk and Colin O’Brien. O’Leary was replaced at the break after losing a fight to Egan Cahill, while another trio were on the field in the final quarter.

“I was happy for every guy who made the shift today. Guys who haven’t done this will be reviewed within a week and we’ll see how we can improve.

“We try very hard to create the character of this band that every time you go to play with Cork, we expect shifts, we wait for performances and let the results take care of themselves.”

Sure, it’s wise not to read too much about a few February league wins, but one can’t ignore the power of the panel Cork is collecting.

Due to the fact that the Münster SHC opened against Limerick on April 17, the rebels have nine weeks before they should be in full swing.

“The league is a little trickier because it’s really your pre-season training,” Kingston adds.

“Historically you had company in the championship and then four or five weeks off, you would have another pre-season before the championship, the guys would go back to their clubs and play a couple of games and then you would come back from the county again.

“This time it’s just college, the league, and then you’re in the championship. So this is really your pre-season preparation for the championship. “

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On the other hand, Offaly has to regroup and go again after defeats by Cork and Galway along with 36 points.

It has always been a major step forward for the team that played in the third tier of the throwing championship last summer. The delivery of two goals in the first three minutes took the game out of sight almost as soon as it started.

It ended a tough weekend for Faithful boss Michael Fenelli after his club Ballyhale lost in the All-Ireland final with a goal in the final second on Saturday.

“These teams are at a higher level, and if you make a mistake, you will be punished,” he said.

“It is very difficult if you are punished for that split second and they get a goal or a point. Just overall very difficult for the team. Compared to last year, you get away with some of these mistakes, and all is well.

“You can’t go from not participating in the juvenile finals to being able to compete with teams that are at Liam McCarthy’s level, to be honest.

“Structures are being set up, GPOs (game promotion staff) are coming to the scene.

“So I think it’s a long way for Ophali, but we need to start with something, and these guys are making big changes. They are genuine, honest and strive to be fair to them. ”



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Cork builds strength in depth as competition for places in attack heats up

KARK GO To his meeting with Limerick in Division 1A with two wins out of two in the bag.

A lot of heartfelt searches took place at Liside in the winter after they were dismantled by contract in the All-Ireland final.

As a result of the points show against Claire and Offaly the Rebels scored a total of 6-55. Kieran Kingston has laid out the minutes on his team, and the fight for a place ahead is particularly interesting.

Cork has decided not to participate in the pre-season Munster Herling Cup, so Kingston sees the league as an opportunity to appreciate his talent.

“You’re trying to build a panel,” Kingston said. “These few weeks have been very challenging, last Tuesday and Wednesday with the Fitzgibbon Cup we had guys playing.

“On Tuesday we will have Kiaran Joyce playing with the Freshers, so it’s important that you have a panel that you can refer to for these games, particularly during this preseason. We have a good panel and we are happy with the panel we have. ”

Cork used 26 players in its first two games. Kingston has made six changes in the first round since Jer Millerick, Rob Downey, Alan Kadagan, Padreig Power, Shane Barrett and Kiaran Joyce dropped out, mostly due to injury and college training.

Former AFL man Mark Keane made his league debut and worked well after moving to the striker. He actively participated in the starting goal of the game, making a U-turn and saw that his shot was saved before Connor Leahyne made a rebound before adding two points in the second period.

His air ability, running and using the ball make him a useful option on the half-forward line. He gives Kingston a different option than the other strikers they own.

“We gave Mark a couple of weekends, but we trained on Tuesday and Thursday, and Mark was with us that night,” his manager remarked.

“So that’s a sign of how much he wants to be involved, he spent a day or two and then was in the saddle with us again on Tuesday night. Because of that and because we saw it in training, we said we would give it a start and I thought he made a very good change. “

Jack O’Connor was introduced from the bench in consecutive games as Cork controlled his workload given his recent UCC Fitzgibbon commitments. Patrick Horgan made his debut of the season as a replacement against Offaly when he facilitated his path in the company.

Connor Kahalein and Robbie O’Flynn worked hard on the flanks before being replaced, while Shane Kingston started the season in electric form, scoring 2-8 to continue his nine points last week.

“A couple of guys were knocked on today. Conor Kahalein played college throwing for a week, Robbie O’Flynn didn’t do much, he came back with us only the last few weeks.

“It was very difficult to get out in these conditions. 76 minutes of play plus a warm-up is very hard for the feet, so it’s important to give the guys a break when they’re having a lot going on, and try the other guys on the panel. ”

Connor Leahyn returned to the panel after his 2021 miss. He was used on the half-forward line against Claire and in the corner against Ophali, where he showed flashes of brilliance, scoring 1-2, although he did not hold out beyond the 52nd minute in any game.

Kingston also looked at a number of recent alumni from underage groups such as Deir O’Leary, Tommy O’Connell, Sam Quirk and Colin O’Brien. O’Leary was replaced at the break after losing a fight to Egan Cahill, while another trio were on the field in the final quarter.

“I was happy for every guy who made the shift today. Guys who haven’t done this will be reviewed within a week and we’ll see how we can improve.

“We try very hard to create the character of this band that every time you go to play with Cork, we expect shifts, we wait for performances and let the results take care of themselves.”

Sure, it’s wise not to read too much about a few February league wins, but one can’t ignore the power of the panel Cork is collecting.

Due to the fact that the Münster SHC opened against Limerick on April 17, the rebels have nine weeks before they should be in full swing.

“The league is a little trickier because it’s really your pre-season training,” Kingston adds.

“Historically you had company in the championship and then four or five weeks off, you would have another pre-season before the championship, the guys would go back to their clubs and play a couple of games and then you would come back from the county again.

“This time it’s just college, the league, and then you’re in the championship. So this is really your pre-season preparation for the championship. “

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On the other hand, Offaly has to regroup and go again after defeats by Cork and Galway along with 36 points.

It has always been a major step forward for the team that played in the third tier of the throwing championship last summer. The delivery of two goals in the first three minutes took the game out of sight almost as soon as it started.

It ended a tough weekend for Faithful boss Michael Fenelli after his club Ballyhale lost in the All-Ireland final with a goal in the final second on Saturday.

“These teams are at a higher level, and if you make a mistake, you will be punished,” he said.

“It is very difficult if you are punished for that split second and they get a goal or a point. Just overall very difficult for the team. Compared to last year, you get away with some of these mistakes, and all is well.

“You can’t go from not participating in the juvenile finals to being able to compete with teams that are at Liam McCarthy’s level, to be honest.

“Structures are being set up, GPOs (game promotion staff) are coming to the scene.

“So I think it’s a long way for Ophali, but we need to start with something, and these guys are making big changes. They are genuine, honest and strive to be fair to them. ”



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