Great post. Agree on setting up defensively, particularly on Dublin’s kick-outs.Realistically Dublin will want to put this game to bed early and will chase goals early. Look at game vs Kildare as example. Keeping it tight for first quarter is vital if we have any chance.
I’d be seriously nervous of our kickouts and the full press Dublin will put on us forcing us long. I think we won 50% of our long kick outs vs Limerick? Dublin will target us here I think. I said earlier I’d expect Hayes to start for the size he brings, Paul Walsh and O Hanlon also options too.
The current half forward line are all a bit too similar so wouldn’t be surprised if we saw two changes here. The Dubs half back line from the Leinster Final was McCarthy Howard Small. I think we need size here
Shanley on Con
Maguire on Kilkenny
KOD MS SP
MT RM JC
PW JOR BH
Toss up between JOR and McSweeney but feel McSweeney can take the ball down blind alleys at times
I Don’t expect PW to start based on the red card the last day so perhaps KOH comes in
Having been to the last few games I don’t think the full forward line of O Mahony / Sherlock / Hurley works well as a unit and someone has to give..3 into 2 spots the way I’m looking at it
Meehan for me is a difficult one as he’s such an important player to us but has had a bad injury. I think he will want to play if he’s any way fit so wouldn’t be surprised to see him come into the side
On our kick-outs, I think we’ll be in big trouble if we start hitting 50-50 high balls on top of the Dublin midfield. Dublin’s biggest strength is their kick-out press and they’ve cleaned out teams with better midfields than Cork.
We need Dublin to play on our terms and not vice versa. We’ve generally done well when we’ve been able to win the short kick-outs, so unless Dublin are willing to commit 11/12 players into the Cork half, we should be going short all game. Bring 12 Cork players into the Cork half if needs be. If the Dublin players are willing to follow them back, then there should be plenty of space in the Dublin half-back/midfield line for kick-outs, and we might be able to find mismatches with Hayes or O’Callaghan having plenty of space in front of them. We should be trying to penalize Dublin with goals, when they get too aggressive on their kick-out press.
If we get the kick-outs right, then I genuinely think we have a chance of an upset. We were only a point behind Kerry with 20 minutes left in the Munster semi-final, despite not having any real kick-out strategy.