Cork entertain Galway at Pairc Ui Chaoimh on Sunday afternoon, in what is undoubtedly the match of the day in round three of the Allianz National Hurling League.
The rebels have made a good start to the season, winning the Waterford Crystal Cup, and running Kilkenny to a point in their latest league start. Denis Walsh continues to rebuild the side and the signs to date have been most encouraging. Cork could be considered a little unlucky to leave Nolan Park without at least a draw, as they battled back from eight points down at halftime to draw level before the hosts eventually shaded the result.
Sunday’s game will be the acid test of where Walsh’s side stand in the pecking order, as they take on Division One leaders, Galway. The visitors have scored 1-24 in their two outings to date, but critics will point to the fact those two matches came against lesser sides, Offaly and Wexford. The Tribesmen always take a league very seriously and are the current holders of the title.
However, boss John McIntyre must plan without a number of players for the trip to Leeside, with Ger Mahon the latest to cry off through injury. He joins the likes of Shane Kavanagh, Tony Óg Regan, Joe Canning, Damien Joyce, Damien Joyce, Fergal Moore and Niall Donohoe who are all set to miss Sunday’s clash with the rebels.
With the injury crisis facing Galway, Cork must surely take advantage of the situation and add two further points to their league tally, putting them right back in contention for the title.