GAA Digest: Cork wins but loses Donal Og Cusack for season
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CORK goalkeeper Donal Og Cusack is out for the rest of the year after snapping his Achilles tendon in the first half of Sunday’s NHL semifinal win over Tipperary, but Cork coach Ger Cunningham insists the player’s career isn’t over.
Cunningham has dismissed speculation that Cusack may never play again after surgery in a Dublin hospital on Monday to repair the ruptured Achilles.
“I’ve no doubt that Donal Og will come back,” Cunningham told the Irish Sun newspaper.
“He has kept himself in great shape and goalkeepers have the tendency to have careers that last longer than outfield players.
“There will be no more determined man to come back from injury than Donal Og.
“It’s a serious enough injury and it’s a serious loss and makes you think sport can be very cruel sometimes.
“To get to captain Cork was something he was really enjoying and took very seriously, and so for this injury to happen to him now is very cruel.
“He was playing really well this year. We knew that the captaincy would bear lightly on him and he would use it as a form of extra motivation rather than weigh him down.
“He has always been a leader who carried himself well in the dressing room and being a captain came naturally to him.”
Patrick Horgan will now captain the Cork hurlers for the rest of the year.
The Cusack injury took the gloss off a sweet win for Cork over their Munster rivals at Semple Stadium.
Cork manager Jimmy Barry Murphy said, “It is a terrible loss for us. I am bitterly disappointed for him because he has been a great captain for us so far and he has done a great job.
“He has really been the players’ leader and he has done a great job for us.”
Cork will now meet Kilkenny in the league final. Defender Sean Og O hAilpin told RTÉ, “We set out our stall under the new set-up this year to get to the league final or as far as we can and we’ve done that.
“We’re in it now and we might as well try to win it. No more needs to be said on what is ahead of us but for the morale and the spirit of the camp this is just another game on.
“You can’t buy days like today playing against Tipperary and a league final in two weeks time. You don’t get many of those days out. People might find that kind of strange and that when you represent the Cork people you assume you get the big games every year.
“But that hasn’t been the case the last couple of years. The fans are coming onto the pitch and there is renewed spirit around the place. That is good to see.”
Tipp boss Declan Ryan admitted his side were flat against Cork.
“I suppose from a Tipp perspective it was a very flat performance. We never seemed to ignite at any stage during the game,” he said.
“The first half was pretty average hurling I’d say on both sides and we were probably lucky to get in level at halftime. It was very flat finishing up.
“It looked like, into the second half, we were getting back into the game but in fairness Cork looked a lot sharper than us today.
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