Cork u20 Hurling 2024

Ah lads that's a shambles...invading the pitch with 3 mins left...and then again after the free out. Ref should have played more time really but he was half afraid of crowd control I'd say!

If that was the other way around can you imagine the pissing and moaning from Offaly!!
 
Ah lads that's a shambles...invading the pitch with 3 mins left...and then again after the free out. Ref should have played more time really but he was half afraid of crowd control I'd say!

If that was the other way around can you imagine the pissing and moaning from Offaly!!
I was hoping for a second Dublin goal just for the craic like :lol!:
 
Offaly work rate was brilliant as it nearly always is with this team. Second straight game that their opponents have had penalties saved. If Cork/Tipp are more direct in the final, Offaly will be in real trouble. Dublin tried to be a bit too clever around the middle of the field and were turned over quite often. The scenes at the end were a bit of a farce, poor from the Offaly fans.
 
Offaly work rate was brilliant as it nearly always is with this team. Second straight game that their opponents have had penalties saved. If Cork/Tipp are more direct in the final, Offaly will be in real trouble. Dublin tried to be a bit too clever around the middle of the field and were turned over quite often. The scenes at the end were a bit of a farce, poor from the Offaly fans.
Big x2 on their work rate. They must be one of the best-coached teams at any level in terms of hooks, blocks and flicking the ball away. They are a model on how to excel at that side of the game without being physically dominant.

I only saw the second half, so I wonder if Dublin's running game was adopted in part because they were playing into a quite stiff breeze. Either way, much like in last year's Leinster SF, they were not slick enough to make it work, and they failed to use their advantages in terms of size and strength.

Overall it was a bit disappointing - Offaly were scrappy enough with their use of possession at times, Dublin never had enough punch in attack to really threaten them. Peno was well saved, but it wasn't hit hard enough and went into the ground too early. Based on what I've seen so far, the Munster winner will be favoured for the AI.
 
Well deserved for Offaly but feel for the Dublin players. Seemed to get very few of the 50-50 or even 60-40 decisions. Wouldn’t be surprised to see a number of those Dublin players playing senior hurling in a few years. Hogan, Kenny and Ó Dúlaing are serious players.

There was definitely a lot of pace in that match, more so than any of our U20 Munster Championship matches I’ve seen this year, but I can’t tell if that was down to better skill level or less physicality. Was slightly surprised by how small both teams were. It was almost like a different sport compared to our U20 semi-final against Clare. I thought at times today looked like a non-contact game because of the refereeing. I didn’t agree with all of Jordan’s decisions last Friday, but to be fair, I thought he let a lot go for both sides and it was a better game because of it.

The Dublin players will have learned a hard lesson tonight. When you’re playing in front of a big opposition crowd, you have to try and take the ref and crowd out of the game. The easiest way to do that is by going for goals instead of trying to outpoint teams, who are winning frees easier.

On that subject, as others have said, I think the key for this Cork team will be whether they can score 3 or more goals. That Tipperary full forward line is very dangerous, even without McCormack, and will score goals. Their setup on puck-outs is similar to the Cork seniors. They hit these long direct puck outs dropping just inside the 45 metre line, and then similar to the Cork seniors, they have these speed merchants mopping up the breaks or running in behind to create goal scoring opportunities.

The defender is left in a seemingly no-win scenario. If he tries to man-mark his forward the shape of the defence gets dragged all over the place, and you’ll always struggle to be first to the breaking ball. If he leaves his man and tries to get under the breaking ball and doesn’t get to it first, it creates scenarios like Tipp’s third goal against us in the first match or Clare’s goal chances against us the last day.

Would make two changes from the last day to deal with Tipp’s threats. Bring in O’Regan at midfield for O’Connell to help with dealing with their direct puck-outs and act as another option on our own. Then potentially bring in one of Wilk or A. O’Sullivan for Cremin to give us more of a goal scoring threat. Would like to see the likes of O’Sullivan, Wilk, Walsh, Healy and Buckley taking on their men and going for goals as much as possible. O’Connor was a great addition to the half-forward line and we will need him and Healy to come deep and help out with the half back line as much as possible.
 
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