With the All-Ireland inter-county finals down for decision over the coming two weekends, and Cork out on all fronts, all eyes on Leeside now turn to the club championships with more than a few tasty matchups down for decision in the coming weeks.
How far Cork have come over the last couple of months will be tested this Saturday evening when the Rebel footballers head to Croke Park to take on the still mighty Dublin team for a place in the last four of the race for the Sam Maguire Cup.
Cork football’s future looked in pretty good shape a couple of weeks ago when the county’s Minor’s took apart a Kerry side that many had felt would stroll to the Munster title however all that positivity was blown away in Portlaoise last Saturday night when high flying Derry came to town.
Go back a couple of months and you would have gotten pretty serious odds on Cork making it past a round of the qualifiers, such was the disillusion surrounding the Rebels senior football team but roll on a couple of weeks and all looks rosy in the garden for the side often forgot by Cork GAA’s loyal supporters.
It may well be a case of dammed if you do and dammed if you don’t for Cork interim manager John Cleary last Saturday as the Castlehaven man’s charges went into a home tie with Louth for a place in Round 2 of the All-Ireland qualifiers. Expected to win, but made work hard for the spoils.
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