Tuesday 16 January 2018

O'Sullivan could be in hot water as Cork's progressive spring tide hits the rocks

Jamie O'Sullivan, Cork in action against Tomas Brady, Dublin
Jamie O'Sullivan, Cork in action against Tomas Brady, Dublin

CORK's latest Croke Park implosion against the Dubs could have a costly sequel for Jamie O'Sullivan.

The half-back's early elbow into the face of Diarmuid Connolly was graphically caught by the TG4 cameras, but no action was taken by Armagh referee Pádraig Hughes.

The obvious inference is that neither Hughes nor his team of officials witnessed the incident, and this would allow the new Central Competitions Control Committee to review the flashpoint and - if it deems worthy - to propose a retrospective suspension.

In that scenario, if such an infraction were to stick, O'Sullivan could find himself watching from the sidelines when Cork open their Munster SFC campaign against Clare or Limerick on June 14.

The Bishopstown clubman's elbow is seen to come up and catch Connolly after he has played off the ball, leaving the All Star on the turf and requiring treatment. He eventually recovered and went on score Dublin's only goal, from a penalty.

Afterwards, Jim Gavin was asked if he had any view on the first half challenges that left both Connolly and Philly McMahon prostrate.

"That's for the match officials to look after, whatever process they have" was all the Dublin manager would say.

Whereas yesterday's 11-point hammering leaves Brian Cuthbert with numerous selection headaches, Gavin has only a few minor injuries to worry about.

Paul Flynn was a late cry-off yesterday, despite being named on Dublin's Friday night team.

"Paul just felt a little bit tight in the last session during the week, so we just took the decision not to risk Paul because we knew it was going to be such a high octane game that we'd have to play at a very high tempo to compete with Cork. So it wasn't worth the risk," Gavin explained.

Rory O'Carroll, who missed the semi-final, came off after 26 minutes as a "precaution - he just put his hand up and said he felt a little soft tissue injury," his manager outlined. "But we'd hope that they'll either play with their clubs in the next few weeks and we'll have them back competing for a spot."

As for Michael Darragh Macauley's absence form the match-day squad, he blamed it on another "soft tissue strain", adding: "We'd hope he'll get a chance to play with Ballyboden St Enda's in the championship. That'll give him a couple of weeks to get ready for the quarter-final of the Leinster championship."

His opposite number Cuthbert admitted it will be "difficult" to pick up his Cork players but then reasoned: "At the same time, the six-seven weeks does give us an opportunity to have a root-and-branch examination of where we're at as a group and why we performed as we did today.

"We've had eight other league games where we performed really well but today we looked way off the pace, we're going to have to find out why."

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