Listen, we won’t be saying much about the opposition except they’re a very good side that are well coached and well drilled, and we will have to give it our all to beat them. They’ve a game under their belts and my lads are coming in somewhat cold, but sure look it, they’ve been giving it 110% in training, and if they do that today, we’ll be there or thereabouts, and that’s all I can ask of them.
A few notes on my selection.
McGarry will be horsing ball into the half forward line. He’ll occasionally pass it short to Kavanagh or Maher. He won’t be passing it short to Curran cos he can’t hit a ball more than forty yards.
Kavanagh lines as selected. While neither Curran or Maher are natural corner backs, both have played that position IC and may rotate if needs be. Curran will start at 3 as he is more skilled in the dark arts of full back play.
Half back line is what it is. Two good hurling men in Corcoran and Browne flanking the best out and out centre back of his generation. Seanie will probably chip in with a few long range frees too.
In midfield, Lyng is going to get through an amount of work. Jerry O’Connor will benefit from his comrade’s donkey work and pop up with scores.
It’s a workmanlike half-forward line. Dan McCormack is gonna hit a few wides but he will also win an amount of soft frees. Big John Carroll is going to raise a green flag I feel. When he tires, Prendergast and Power can leave him into the full forward line for a sos beag. Niall McCarthy was my Cork 4 point pick (over Timmy and Lehane). He will work his socks off and score a point or two and his helmet will look like it’s going to fall off.
This is the supporting cast to DJ and Power who will make hay, le cúnamh Dé