All-Ireland U20HC final deferral frees up Downey

May 24, 2023

Cork's Eoin Downey celebrates his side's goal against Limerick ©INPHO/Evan Treacy

Cork senior star Eoin Downey will be eligible to line out in the All-Ireland U20HC final against Offaly following the decision to postpone the decider by a week.

The U20 final - which will be played in Thurles on Sunday week - was originally scheduled to be part of a double-header with the Joe McDonagh Cup final between Offaly and Carlow at Croke Park on Saturday, but this was complicated by the fact that Offaly U20 captain Charlie Mitchell is also a regular on the senior team. The Kilcormac/Killoughey clubman will now be able to play in both games, while it also means that Downey will be available to Cork after missing their last two championship games because of the controversial seven-day eligibility rule governing U20 players from Liam MacCarthy Cup counties.

"That's one chip off the shoulder now so we'll have to work on something else to get fellas going again!” Cork U20 manager Ben O'Connor remarked.

While O'Connor has a full hand to pick from, his Offaly counterpart Leo O'Connor has injury concerns over Ben Miller, Shane Rigney, Rory Kelly and Donal Shirley.

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