| 7.2°C Dublin

Dillon sure to start as Dublin seek to end 93-year Cork jinx

Close

IMPACT: Éamon Dillon of Dublin and Conor Delaney of Kilkenny after the Leinster semi-final on Saturday

IMPACT: Éamon Dillon of Dublin and Conor Delaney of Kilkenny after the Leinster semi-final on Saturday

SPORTSFILE

IMPACT: Éamon Dillon of Dublin and Conor Delaney of Kilkenny after the Leinster semi-final on Saturday

Mattie Kenny is sure to hand a first start of this year's All-Ireland SHC to Eamonn Dillon for Saturday's qualifier clash with Cork in Thurles (3.45).

Dillon, a surprise omission in Dublin's two games in Leinster, hit 0-4 after coming on at half-time during Saturday's one-point loss to Kilkenny and instantly provided a sharp outlet close to goal.

He also hit 1-1 as a second half substitute against Laois.

The addition of both Dillon and Ronan Hayes - who started against Laois but lost his spot to Liam Rushe on Saturday - were key to Dublin's second-half revival, with the Kilmacud Crokes player scoring a vital goal.

It kick-started a remarkable comeback for Dublin, who turned a 16-point deficit into a level match approaching injury-time.

Having already broken the record for scoring in a Championship match against Laois, when they hit 2-31, Dublin almost pulled off the biggest comeback win in verifiable history, only to be pipped by a point at the death.

Cork are almost certain to be without influential pair Darragh Fitzgibbon and Eoin Cadogan for the game, although there is hope that Colm Spillane could be available.

"We'll have to get an up-to-date medical assessment on our injured players this week but at this stage, it's highly unlikely Darragh or Eoin will be available this weekend," selector Ger Cunningham told the Irish Examiner.

"Colm will be a week closer to returning and we'd have our fingers crossed that he'll be available."

The CCCC have confirmed that the game, which will be screened live by Sky Sports, will be in Semple Stadium on Saturday.

It will also be the first time the counties have met in the Championship since 2016, when Cunningham managed Dublin to a three-point defeat to his native county in Páirc Uí Rinn.

Current Cork boss, Kieran Kingston, was in his first stint in charge on that occasion.

Cunningham meanwhile, is one of his selectors/team trainer.

Dublin haven't beaten Cork in Championship hurling since the 1927 All-Ireland final, with Cork winning the last nine meetings between the teams.

Dublin have, however, won their last two League matches against the Rebels, in 2016 and '17.

If either team - or Laois and Clare, who were paired in the other round 1 qualifier - are to get to an All-Ireland semi-final through the backdoor now, they will be playing Championship hurling on five consecutive weekends.

Saturday, November 7

All-Ireland SHC Round 1

Clare v Laois, Nowlan Park, 1.15pm, GAAGO

Dublin v Cork, Semple Stadium, 3.45pm, Sky Sports Mix


Privacy