Vincent Hogan: Off-key Rebels quietly perform exercise in denial
Published 21/06/2010 | 05:00
The colour was authentic summer, the old bowl by the marina tingling under a perfect, gaping sky. But in noise and animation, this had all the tumult of a Rotary Club golf outing.
Cork duly eased into their first Munster hurling final in four years, completing the journey with hurried, sometimes awkward strides. Yet, one statistic lingered as a tell-tale denouement for this contest of illusory heat.
The first time Limerick managed consecutive scores arrived with a brace of Thomas O'Brien points on the cusp of full-time. Cork, essentially, looked like a team operating off the margins of their talent. Had there been a requirement to dig deeper, they could have met it.