Tuesday 6 December 2016

Vincent Hogan: McCarthy strikes killer blow for Cork

Cork 1-25
Antrim 0-19

Published 26/07/2010 | 05:00

Antrim's Liam Watson, grapples with Cork's Eoin Cadogan before being sent off. Photo: Oliver McVeigh / Sportsfile
Antrim's Liam Watson, grapples with Cork's Eoin Cadogan before being sent off. Photo: Oliver McVeigh / Sportsfile

A game that will be remembered as little more than a flower arrangement tossed our way in the preamble to an epic.

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Actually, set against the fork lightning that followed, this was gentle candlepower in Croke Park. Antrim proved game and decently obstinate, yet Cork never quite looked a team with their foot to the floor. They won with a wrinkled performance that we can take won't have Kilkenny hyper-ventilating in contemplation of their looming All-Ireland semi-final meeting on Sunday week.

That game will bear regal colours, yet it remains a moot point if Cork still hold a performance in them to go hip-to-hip with Brian Cody's style council.

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