Colm O'Rourke: Core strength key to Cork
Rebels' victory was built on dominance in the middle third, says Colm O'Rourke
To the victor, the spoils. To the loser, the regrets. Same as always. And in such a close-run thing there will always be regrets.
Every Down player will look at their own performance and think of the mistakes made, and wonder if a small change could have altered the result. I often lay awake for nights after a big game and played every ball again and if I missed a good chance of a score then that would weigh heavily. Looking back now, I remember the games lost better than some that were won. It will be the same with the Down players.
Yet the best team won. Some might argue that it is always the case, but that is not true either. There are times when the hand of fortune conspires grievously against a team and in so doing can give the odd freak result. In this case Cork were the better side, even if they did not play particularly well. Certainly they have given better performances in Croke Park, and probably against Kerry this year as well, but this one was all about the score at the long whistle.