Opinion Colm O'Rourke

Wednesday 24 January 2018

Colm O'Rourke: Old rivals get set for big showdown

But football's big two must guard against complacency today, says Colm O'Rourke

Colm O'Rourke

Colm O'Rourke

Cork have enough to worry about in their camp today without even considering Mayo. Cork are running out of men and their main concentration has to be on their own depleted ranks and ensuring that all the barricades are manned. Who they are playing is almost irrelevant and in many ways their situation suits them as any notion of complacency will be wiped away.

Last week Dr Con Murphy, who has tended to a thousand injured Cork players, must have felt like he was starring in an episode of M*A*S*H as he nearly needed a mobile field hospital. First Graham Canty was deemed unfit to start, then Noel O'Leary needed some heavy bandaging; after that Daniel Goulding damaged his ankle and finally before half-time, Barry O'Driscoll suffered a broken jaw. The game was won but the cost was high, perhaps a Pyrrhic victory if Goulding does not see active service in August.

In case anyone might think this was a dirty match, nothing could be further from the truth. Yet there were 13 yellow cards. The stupidity goes on: a referee running around talking to umpires and linemen, wasting time and then giving out cards instead of getting on with the game.

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