Tuesday 26 September 2017

All-Ireland Final Diary

3The aggregate score in favour of Clare from the four meetings between themselves and Cork this year. The Banner won the Waterford Crystal Cup, league and relegation play-off games by three, six and two points respectively before the Rebels struck back with an eight-point win in their Munster semi-final.

3The aggregate score in favour of Clare from the four meetings between themselves and Cork this year. The Banner won the Waterford Crystal Cup, league and relegation play-off games by three, six and two points respectively before the Rebels struck back with an eight-point win in their Munster semi-final.

THE VERDICT

Joe Canning (Galway)

"It is a hard one to call. Clare are going into it after two good performances and playing to a certain style and if they keep it up against Cork, it's going to be very hard for Cork to break that down.

"Davy is in the ideal position going into the final, he can play things down and bring up that they have beaten them already and I think it is really set up for Clare to win the All-Ireland.

"They are still not clear favourites. It's ideal for Davy to get his players up for the final."

Verdict: Clare

FINAL TWEET

"Very quite (sic) week considering the final is this weekend. Wonder would it have been the same if.... #Bluewave #Allmunsterfinal"

– Dublin star Conal Keaney ponders 'what if?'

FINAL QUESTION

Who has scored Cork's only goal in this year's championship? A: Patrick Horgan

CLARE PLAYER PROFILES

Pat O'Connor

Age: 23 Club: Tubber

Height: 5'11" Weight: 12st 5lbs

O'Connor has picked off points in three of Clare's games this summer. An intelligent defender who knows when to go and when to stay.

Colin Ryan

Age: 25 Club: Newmarket on Fergus

Height: 5'11" Weight: 12st 13lbs

With other free-takers losing their heads all summer, Ryan has kept his in impressive fashion.

Ryan is the championship's leading scorer in 2013 with 0-51 and is worth his weight in gold.

Colm Galvin

Age: 20 Club: Clonlara

Height: 5'10" Weight: 11st 5lbs

Still only 20 but already Galvin's touch, vision and elegant striking style sets him apart as a player who will really make his mark over the next decade.

CORK PLAYER PROFILES

William Egan

Age: 23 Club: Kilbrin

Height: 6'0" Weight: 13st

The old order has changed in the Cork half-back line, but Egan provides a throwback to the way it once was. Forceful and dominant.

Lorcan McLoughlin

Age: 23 Club: Kanturk

Height: 6'0" Weight: 11st 7lbs

Steady progress for much of the season from McLoughlin, but his three points in exalted company against Kilkenny underlined his value.

Daniel Kearney

Age: 23 Club: Sarsfields

Height: 5'9" Weight: 11st 7lbs

Light and nifty on his feet; many thought hurling's progression had left the likes of Kearney behind. He has excelled with his touch and vision this year.

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