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This Cork hurling goalkeeper is set for a new inter-county career as a forward
Darren McCarthy has been named at corner-forward for a game this week by manager Jimmy Barry-Murphy.

Darren McCarthy Cathal Noonan / INPHO Darren McCarthy is a member of the Ballymartle club. Cathal Noonan / INPHO / INPHO

CORK GOALKEEPER DARREN McCarthy is set to start a new inter-county career as a forward this week.

McCarthy, who has been the understudy to 2012 and 2013 Allstar Anthony Nash in recent seasons, has been named at corner-forward by Cork manager Jimmy Barry-Murphy for a challenge game against UCC this Thursday night in the Mardyke at 7.30pm.

The game will see the teams compete for the Canon O’Brien Cup which recognises the contribution of Canon Michael O’Brien to hurling in Cork and UCC. The Canon passed away last November.

Father Michael O'Brien 1990 © INPHO The late Canon Michael O'Brien. © INPHO

Cork have named a strong team for the game which includes nine players who started in last July’s Munster final win over Limerick. Colm Barry and Cormac Murphy are two newcomers handed the chance to impress but it is the inclusion of McCarthy that is the most eye-catching selection.

Darren McCarthy comes out with the ball Presseye / John McIlwaine/INPHO Darren McCarthy in action against Antrim in last year's league. Presseye / John McIlwaine/INPHO / John McIlwaine/INPHO

24 year-old McCarthy featured regularly between the posts for Cork at minor and U21 level while also starting for the senior side in the league last March against Antrim. He has also won two Fitzgibbon Cup medals as a goalkeeper with UCC in 2012 and 2013, captaining the side for the latter triumph.

Darren McCarthy lifts the trophy James Crombie / INPHO Darren McCarthy captained UCC to the 2013 Fitzgibbon Cup title against Mary Immaculate College. James Crombie / INPHO / INPHO

But with his club Ballymartle, McCarthy has regularly played outfield and his excellent displays there have prompted manager Barry-Murphy to trial him in the forward line. McCarthy scored the match-winning goal for Ballymartle in the 2011 AIB All-Ireland intermediate club hurling final and has impressed at senior club level for Cork in recent campaigns.


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2. Christopher Joyce (Na Piarsaigh)
3. Colm Barry (Castlelyons)
4. Stephen McDonnell (Glen Rovers)

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