Monday 23 April 2018

Colm O'Rourke: Down demolition leaves Rebels well positioned to retain Sam

Cork's midfield power and pace too much for subdued Mournemen, writes Colm O'Rourke
Cork 2-20 Down 0-14

CORK remain the front-runners for the All-Ireland after their demolition job on Down yesterday. A 12-point margin tells you all you need to know about how this game panned out.

And demolition job is just what this was. Cork's power and pace in midfield just left Down with no answer. Alan O'Connor and Paddy Kelly were outstanding for the reigning champions, but I have to say I was disappointed at the token resistance offered by Down, especially given how close this team came to beating Cork in last year's All-Ireland final.

Once Cork got in front, the Down challenge wilted. They looked disinterested for most of the second half and long before the final whistle, most of the players had left Croke Park in mind, if not in body.

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