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Eugene McGee: Colossal clash of styles

Eugene Magee

Published 20/08/2012 | 05:00

Cork defender Noel O’Leary is surrounded by Donegal’s Rory Kavanagh, Daniel McLaughlin and Karl Lacey during their league clash in Ballybofey earlier this year.
Cork defender Noel O’Leary is surrounded by Donegal’s Rory Kavanagh, Daniel McLaughlin and Karl Lacey during their league clash in Ballybofey earlier this year.

There are many reasons why supporters look forward to a big championship game in Croke Park -- local rivalry, watching top-class players in action, or the possibility of an upset.

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But I've no doubt the biggest attraction for fans looking forward to Cork v Donegal in next Sunday's All-Ireland semi-final is the clash of styles we are likely to see.

Last year the Donegal manager Jim McGuinness took the 'blanket defence' to a new level. It shocked the football public -- most notably in that infamous semi-final against Dublin, which finished on a scoreline reminiscent of a game played a century ago (0-8 to 0-6).

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