Comrade Ding Dong McCarthy
|UEFA cup definitely on the way to Turners Cross.|
The hurlers are completely sorted, footballers are nearly there too and out at the Cross, Cork City, as well as easily scooping up the domestic Eircom league title will also probably win the UEFA cup. No bother.
Mono-code single hope counties like Kilkenny and Kerry as well as soccer fans in Derry will have a disappointing year when they fall under the Rebel axe. Tying in nicely with the Capital of Culture celebrations we look forward to the wincing columns of the national/Dublin papers - from sports writers to "cultural correspondents" when we do the quadruple. There'll be no hiding from the truth when the county is stuffed with silverware.
The major concerns on Leeside for the latter half of the year will be the hectic scheduling of victorious homecoming celebrations. The streets will be thronged and the plan to privatise speed cameras couldn't come at a better time for the shades who will be able to free up more lawmen to protect the returning teams from over emotional Corkonians desperate to give hugs (among other presents) their heroes.
The sublime skill of the Cork footballers against the much fancied Connaught Champions will have Jack O'Connor and the Kingdom sick with worry. As O'Connor watched John Hayes and Brendan Jer break the back of the Tribesmen's net he must have dropped a few sheep stools in those Blasket knitted white fronts of his.
As the Rebels continually improve with every game the "wry smile" on Bainisteoir Morgan's face at the prospect of revenge for the narrow Munster Final defeat a few weeks earlier said it all. His humble and diplomatic reply to questions after the game don't reflect what's really being said inside Billy's nut. "I'd love to beat those Kerry langers so badly that they'd hand over the Munster title an' all!"
There's rarely a dull moment in sport on Leeside and its hard to keep track of all the fixtures and successes. All eyes turn to Croker next Sunday as SeÂ·n âg leads out his men against Clare. Bring on that banner and we'll rip it to shreds!
Hurling: Vs Clare - All-Ireland semi Sunday August 14th 3pm. Croker.
Football: Vs Kerry - All Ireland semi August 28th. Croker.
CCFC (domestic) : Vs Shels - Monday August 15th 7.30pm. Cross & on RTE.
CCFC (UEFA) : Vs Djurgarden IF. Thurs August 11th 6pm. Sweeden.