Eugene McGee: Rebels able to roll with the punches
Making it up as you go along is not the way of the modern GAA managers, who like to have everything planned out in advance and try to make their players into robots.
Pat Gilroy broke that trend all this year when he cobbled a varied bunch of individuals into a football force of the highest order. He did it by getting players to think for themselves and improve just by working harder and harder in every game.
So how ironic it was yesterday that the Cork team was forced into making it up as they went along against Dublin and Conor Counihan was desperately trying to plug gaps in every line of his team. Cork turned the game around by their use of subs in the second half.