Rebels short in attack for league opener
CORK face the prospect of heading to the Athletic Grounds next weekend for their Allianz League Division 1 opener with Armagh without the guts of their first-choice attacking alignment.
A largely makeshift Rebel forward line scored 0-13 to Tipperary's 0-6 at the Clonmel Sportsfield yesterday as Cork took the first silverware of the year in Munster.
But Conor Counihan remains without Daniel Goulding and Ciarán Sheehan, while Paddy Kelly, Donncha O'Connor, Colm O'Neill and defender Eoin Cadogan are still considered doubtful for next weekend.
With Paul Kerrigan (0-4, 1f) easily the most established Rebel attacker on display yesterday, it was left to reserve 'keeper, Ken O'Halloran, to take the plaudits for three spectacular saves which denied Tipp the opportunity to make a decent game of it.
"From a Cork point of view, Ken O'Halloran was man of the match, as he made a few absolutely superb saves," bemoaned Tipp manager, John Evans.
"The shots were just inside the post but he still managed to tip the ball away. That doesn't mean we'd have won the game but it does show we can create chances.
"I'm disappointed we didn't put up a bigger score.
"But it was good preparation for the league and very honest commitment from both sets of teams in trying conditions."
In Ulster, Tyrone rounded off a productive January by taking Dr McKenna Cup honours with a 1-14 to 2-8 win over Derry on a night when Northern Ireland First Minister, Peter Robinson, provided the biggest talking point when he showed up at the Athletic Grounds.
Derry boss John Brennan was left fuming after his midfielder James Conway was sent off in the 18th minute of the contest for an innocuous tackle on Colm Cavanagh.
"I just wonder as to how a man at 100 metres away had better vision than the other linesman, who was approximately five metres away, who said there's nothing," raged Brennan.