Jamesie O'Connor's All-Ireland final head to head
Published 04/09/2011 | 05:00
THE GOALKEEPERS: Brendan Cummins: Incredibly, playing his 67th championship match, surpassing Christy Ring's long-standing record and with only one goal conceded in four games -- Conor McGrath's unstoppable effort in the opening minute of the Clare match -- looks as sharp as ever.
Made superb saves from Paudie O'Sullivan in the opening minutes against Cork, and a crucial one just before half-time in the game against Clare.
His striking has been as good as ever, and he can dictate the tempo of Tipp's game with his puckouts. With space likely to be at a premium out the field, puckouts, and where to go with them, will be hugely important.
Cummins' nerve is proven but he's likely to have to call on all his experience to give his midfielders and half-forwards the edge in the cauldron the middle third is likely to become.
Although it's his first season in possession of the number one jersey, he's been well regarded in the county for a number of years. Has two All-Ireland under 21 medals from 2003 and '04 and was sub 'keeper for the league final in 2003, so has certainly served his apprenticeship. Made two excellent stops on his championship debut against Wexford and probably the save of the season in the Leinster final against Dublin.
Didn't get much to do in the semi-final, but his handling was impeccable, and he performed the bread and butter duties really well. Along with Cummins and Dublin's Gary Maguire is in the running for an All Star after an outstanding debut season.
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