Tuesday 6 December 2016

Vincent Hogan: Off-key Rebels quietly perform exercise in denial

Published 21/06/2010 | 05:00

After dropping his hurl, Limerick's Anthony Owens attempts a pass despite the attentions of Cork duo Shane O'Neill, left, and Sean Og OhAilpin. Photo: Brian Lawless / Sportsfile
After dropping his hurl, Limerick's Anthony Owens attempts a pass despite the attentions of Cork duo Shane O'Neill, left, and Sean Og OhAilpin. Photo: Brian Lawless / Sportsfile

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.

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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.

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