Saturday 16 December 2017

Colm O'Rourke: Discretion better part of valour for Horan's hard-working heroes

Cork's tame exit was due to a well-planned ambush from Mayo, says Colm O'Rourke

Colm O'Rourke

Colm O'Rourke

Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown, according to Shakespeare's Henry IV. It described kings who worried about their kingdom and could not sleep as a result.

It may not have applied to Cork last Saturday night but, like politics, everything in football can change in a week. After the dismantling of Down, the wheels fell off in a big way against Mayo and Cork -- like many teams before them -- found that after a long time on the road together, and after picking up significant injuries, the performance was flat.

No inspiration, not even desperation, and the exit was tame by comparison with some of the battling displays that were needed to get to the top. Yet there is hardly any need for wholesale panic. The injuries will clear up, the age profile is good and Cork will be back. And this year Conor Counihan showed the same decorum in defeat as in victory; a time away from worrying about the crown will do him no harm at all.

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