Cork Hurlers - Part 2

Agree with much of that. You get your strongest side out there from the start though and if Ciaran Joyce is fully fit then he starts no question. The Limerick half forward line and the Tipp half forward line present very different challenges.

I expect the same 15 from Tipp as lined out v Waterford so Noel McGrath and Connolly midfield, with Tynan, O’Connor and Forde in the half forward line. Stakelum shows up everywhere, leaving Kehoe and Morris inside.

Bowe and Breen were the main lads to implement Cahill-ball from wing back - hard aggressive running to create little 2v1s. He doesn’t have a Caelum Lyons though who was the perfect Cahill-ball player. They are a big physical side but not athletic enough for the way their manager wants the game played imo.

I’d be surprised if R Downey doesn’t stay at 6, but O’Connor is going to provide a sterner test than Reidy did last week, he’d a really poor showing. Keep Coleman at 7 on Tynan, and cause Tipp a real problem by putting Joyce into the middle of the field with Fitzgibbon. Harsh on Twomey who was excellent last week but he’d have great impact off the bench.

Millerick for me is one of our 6 strongest defenders but there’s a case for holding him and using him to address any Tipperary forward who’s doing damage and getting the better of his man.

Can’t change the front 6 - best combined unit performance I can remember from a group of Cork forwards in many years - a couple of more passes and they’d have had more goals in that first half last week. Tipps best defender Maher is not a good match up to Connolly imo and Barrett can get on top of O’Mara also.

With the emotions having settled now, the limerick game has proven we’re not as bad as some people were suggesting after 2 games, but we’re not as good as the highlights of the Limerick game suggest. Maybe this is harsh but we’re average enough from 1 to 4. Put it this way, Wexford and Dublin are stronger from 1 to 4. Clare, Limerick, Kk miles stronger. From 5 up (and factoring in replacements in these positions) it’s arguable that we’re as strong as anyone. You go through the match ups for Sunday and again this is the part of the pitch you get worried… and while we can bring on an equally strong option from wing back up the field from the bench, we’re bringing Damien on here and he’s showing serious signs of being on the way down after 2 or 3 really strong years.

If Brian Roche came from nowhere to provide the right answer last week, wonder can the mgmt team find another right answer with the twin brother? Conceding fewer than 3 goals and fewer than 27 / 28 points needs to be on the cards here. No reason we can’t keep on doing loads of damage down the other end.
Sunday and beyond possibly will tell us if we are better from 5 up . While a lot of fellas played well the last day there still have to back it up consistently
 
There’s any amount of evidence over the last few to tell you what’s likely to happen
Evidence, ya see what ya mean. NOT . 2022 man of the match in Thurles, 2023 came on to set up tap in goal for Fitzy and got point and setup Shane for equaliser .
The only evidence I see is you know Jack Shit about players you're quick to criticise.
 
Evidence, ya see what ya mean. NOT . 2022 man of the match in Thurles, 2023 came on to set up tap in goal for Fitzy and got point and setup Shane for equaliser .
The only evidence I see is you know Jack Shit about players you're quick to criticise.
Calm down fella.. That didn’t take long!

I’ve purposely not expanded on my thoughts as I’m not one for slamming players! If you think CL should play then that’s fine, none of us are picking the team anyway
 
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