Saturday 18 November 2017

Colm Keys: Strength in depth reaps huge dividend in Counihan's plan

Colm Keys

Colm Keys

The best team had won, Conor Counihan ventured afterwards, because the best team always wins. Isn't that always the case? In a results business Counihan has long since come to appreciate the bottom line.

There is no science to it, no mystery. Score more than your opponents, the former Cork hurling manager Donal O'Grady once observed, and you deserve your win.

In this instance, however, such a simple premise surely could not be applied. An All-Ireland semi-final that drew the season's first capacity crowd to headquarters looked headed only one way for too long to square it any other way. The best team? Hardly. The best squad? Cork will settle for that instead.

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