Co-Op Superstores Premier SHC County Final 2021

Co-Op Superstores Premier SHC County Final 2021 will take place on Sunday. Glen Rovers will meet Midleton in the final.

Glen Rovers are playing in their third final in a row while Midleton are in their first final since 2018. The game will take place in Pairc Ui Chaoimh at 3pm.

Key information ahead of the final

Who: Glen Rovers and Midleton

What: 2021 Premier Senior Hurling Championship

Where: Pairc Ui Chaoimh

When:  Sunday 21st November @ 3pm

How: Glen Rovers finished second in their group. They qualified to play Imokily in the Q-Final’s and then went on and beat Sarfield in the Semi-Final.

Midleton finished second in their group and beat Erins’ Own in the Q-Final and then beat Douglas in the Semi-Final to qualify for the final

Referee: Mark Maher (St.Finbarr’s) is the referee for the game.

Kieran Kingston Statement

The week saw the confirmation of the Cork Senior Hurling backroom for 2022.

Selector / Coach Ger Cunningham, Coach Christy O’ Connor, S&C Coach Mark Brady, along with Sport and Performance Psychologist Cathal Sheridan have departed and Cork Manager Kieran Kingston thanked them for their contribution: “I’d like to thank all the outgoing members of the backroom team for their contribution to Cork hurling – the last two years have been difficult for everyone having to prepare the team under Covid-19 restrictions.

“Ger Cunningham has made an immense contribution to Cork hurling both on and off the field of play as a player, coach and selector. I wish him and his family all the best for the future and thank him for all he has done for Cork hurling, especially over the last two years.

“I’d like to thank Christy O’Connor for all he has done as forwards coach over the last two years. Christy is a very talented coach and I was delighted he agreed to join us – he made a vital contribution and I would like to wish him all the best for the future”

“Mark Brady and Cathal Sheridan played a vital role in the team’s preparation and I’d like to thank them for all they have done, particularly in the win over Kilkenny in the All-Ireland Semi Final where team showed great fitness levels and mental resolve to earn an extra time win”

Joining the backroom for the year ahead will be selectors Pat Mulcahy and Noel Furlong, along with Gary Keegan as performance coach and Stephen Casey as S&C coach.

“I am delighted to welcome them to the backroom team,” said Kieran Kingston

“Noel managed a very impressive Cork team to the Minor All-Ireland title this year and he has been involved with different clubs and UCC. Pat has been involved with his own club Newtownshandrum and also MTU, (formerly CIT).

“Gary is a much sought after performance coach across different sports, and having been involved with Cork Hurlers before I know the players will be delighted to have him involved again.

“Stephen Casey has a Master of Science in Sport Performance from UL and has been previously involved with the Cork Minor Hurling team (2017) and Cork under 21 hurling team (2018) and the Cork under 20 hurling team (2019)”.

Kieran added “We are really looking forward to the year ahead.”


Cork edge Kerry in U20 thriller

Cork 3-12 Kerry 3-11

Courtesy of Eoghan Cormican (The Examiner)

A Ciaran O’Sullivan point in the fourth minute of second-half stoppages saw Cork come out on top in this enthralling Munster U20 semi-final contest.

Cork – who operated with 14 men from the 49th minute onward following a second yellow card to corner-back Colm O’Donovan and who did not score between the 46th and 63rd minute – succeeded in conjuring up a winning score at the death after Kerry had wiped out a six-point deficit to draw level deep in injury-time.

Extra-time appeared inevitable after a Sean Quilter free levelled matters in the fourth minute of injury-time, but Cork, in the ensuing play, eked out a winner from sub O’Sullivan. Credit too to Cork midfielder Brian Hayes who made a huge catch to set the Cork attack in motion.

A powerful third quarter from Keith Ricken’s charges – during which they outscored the Kingdom by 1-4 to 0-2 – handed Cork a 3-11 to 2-8 lead at the second water break. Cork’s third goal was supplied by their outstanding performer Conor Corbett who finished with 2-4.

Momentum swung back in Kerry’s favour on 49 minutes when corner-back O’Donovan received a second yellow for a footblock on Paul O’Shea. The latter converted the subsequent penalty, with Kerry adding three scores coming down the stretch to tie matters.

O’Shea was presented with a late, late chance to force extra-time following Ciaran O’Sullivan’s point, but he kicked wide.

The result means all five Kerry minor teams from 2014-18 have passed through the U21/20 age grade without managing a single All-Ireland title An entertaining first-half had seen goal chances aplenty at either end, with both sides raising two green flags apiece.

Cork’s second, which arrived in the third minute of first-half stoppages, handed the home side a slender 2-7 to 2-6 interval lead. It was a goal that had its roots in a Brian Hayes turnover of Kerry centre-back Eoghan O’Sullivan. Possession was quickly transferred inside, with Jack Cahalane feeding Conor Corbett who finished emphatically.

The same two Cork forwards were centrally involved in the county’s opening major on 19 minutes, Corbett assisting for Cahalane on that occasion. The Castlehaven youngster’s strike levelled proceedings at 1-4 apiece after Kerry had taken a 1-3 to 0-4 lead into the first water break.

The semi-final’s opening goal had arrived just before this minute’s pause in action, Kerry midfielder Darragh Lyne, fed by Eoghan O’Sullivan, striding through the Cork cover and rolling the ball into the corner of Gavin Creedon’s goal.

A Kerry goal had been on the cards from early on. Dylan Geaney hit the post with their outstanding chance of the opening exchanges, with Paul O’Shea getting caught in two minds as to whether to shoot or pass when presented with a subsequent opportunity.

Cork were also guilty of failing to put away scoring opportunities. The post was twice hit, Colin Walsh shot straight at ‘keeper Marc Kelliher, while four wides were tallied.

Kerry’s second goal, on 23 minutes, was in direct response to Cork’s opening major from Cahalane and shoved the visitors back out to three in front, 2-4 to 1-4. Paul O’Shea instigated the score with a fine fetch in the middle of the field, the move ending with Geaney finding the net.

Kerry relinquished the lead when Cork worked a second green flag and they failed to win it back between there and the finish.

Scorers for Cork: C Corbett (2-4, 0-2 frees); J Cahalane (1-0) D Buckley (0-3); A Walsh-Murphy, D Dorgan (0-1 free), C Walsh, C O’Hanlon, C O’Sullivan (0-1 each).

Scorers for Kerry: D Geaney (1-4, 0-4 frees); P O’Shea (1-2, 1-0 pen); D Lyne (1-0); S Quilter (0-2, 0-2 frees); C Falvey, C Hayes, R Ó Beaglaoich (0-1 each).

CORK: G Creedon (Kilshannig); C O’Donovan (Newcestown), D Phelan (Aghada), C McGoldrick (Éire Óg); A Walsh-Murphy (Valley Rovers), T Walsh (Kanturk), D Cashman (Millstreet); B Hayes (St Finbarr’s), E Cooke (Ballincollig); C Corbett (Clyda Rovers), J Cahalane (Castlehaven), N Hartnett (Douglas); D Dorgan (Ballincollig), C Walsh (Kanturk), D Buckley (Newcestown).

Subs: C O’Hanlon (Buttevant) for C Walsh (28); S McDonnell (Mallow) for Dorgan (39-42, temporary); S O’Sullivan (Adrigole) for O’Hanlon (41, inj); E Nash (Douglas) for Dorgan (56); N Lordan (Ballinora) for Phelan (56, inj); C O’Sullivan (Kilshannig) for Cooke (61).

KERRY: M Kelliher (Glenflesk); D Murphy (Rathmore), J McCarthy (Kenmare Shamrocks), O Fitzgerald (Gneeveguilla); C Moriarty (Annascaul), E O’Sullivan (Legion), E Clifford (Laune Rangers); D Lyne (Legion), S O’Brien (Beaufort); T Doyle (Dr Crokes), P O’Shea (Kilcummin), K Falvey (Annascaul); C Hayes (Kerins O’Rahillys), D Geaney (Dingle), R Ó Beaglaoich (An Ghaeltacht).

Subs: J Kennelly (Ballydonoghue) for Doyle, S Quilter (Austin Stacks) for Hayes (both 40); A Dineen (Rathmore) for Moriarty (47); P Darcy (Glenflesk) for Falvey (50); P Walsh (Brosna) for Ó Beaglaoich (59).

Referee: J Hayes (Limerick).

Picture courtesy of George Hatchell