Vincent Hogan: McCarthy strikes killer blow for Cork
Published 26/07/2010 | 05:00
A game that will be remembered as little more than a flower arrangement tossed our way in the preamble to an epic.
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.