Did Jimmy Barry-Murphy pick up tips from my column?
Published 06/07/2015 | 02:30
Cork manager Jimmy Barry-Murphy seems to have taken some of my suggestions from a recent column on board.
On Saturday evening, Patrick Horgan was moved to the 'forty and Alan Cadogan operated in more of a roving role around the middle third.
That created space inside for Conor Lehane and Seamus Harnedy against Wexford, allowing Cork to bypass the sweeper and pick off some great scores from out the field.
In fact, these switches were the winning of the game for Cork because by the time Wexford adjusted, the margin was too big to claw back.
I have to give Wexford some credit though. Their supporters generated an incredible atmosphere and the most pleasing thing on the pitch was that the team didn't throw in the towel this time.
They hit eight unanswered points in the second half before Lehane put over a score to steady Cork.
As for Cork, I don't think they'll go much further. They look like they could come unstuck next weekend as I fancy Clare and Limerick to emerge from the qualifiers.
Elsewhere, Dublin did what they had to do in Portlaoise, beating Laois by 10 points.
I thought it might be a lot closer but they got the job done and scoring 4-17 is fair shooting no matter who the opposition is.
The stand-out result of the weekend was Clare's victory over Offaly.
As I've previously stated, they're the most dangerous of the qualifier teams. Colm Galvin is back and we'll be talking a lot more about the Banner men before the summer is out.