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Colm O'Rourke: Still holding out for a hero

Down's system has worked well so far, but Cork have too many options, says Colm O'Rourke

Published 19/09/2010 | 05:00

A ll-Ireland finals come and go and many are forgotten very quickly, but the displays of great players are remembered forever. Performances at this level are what make players special -- to be a really great footballer, you must be able to turn it on today.

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That brings pressure and it is the ability to perform when the pressure is greatest which sorts the men from the boys. And if a player says that the pressure is getting to him then he is in the wrong place. He should be playing a bit of junior with his club and having a few pints with the boys afterwards. Today is the day for a bit of class -- in mental, physical and skill terms.

In the past decade the great names who dominated finals were men like Peter Canavan, Seán Cavanagh, Stephen O'Neill, Darragh ó Sé, Paul Galvin and, of course, Gooch Cooper.

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