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Cork v Monaghan

Croke Park, Tomorrow, 4.0, Live TG4

CORK have never lost an All-Ireland final. They have been in five of them. They feel comfortable amid the Croke Park furniture.

They knocked out the champs, Dublin, in the quarter-final. A Birr belter of a game. Cork edged it by a point.

It was the same routine when they beat the Jackies in the 2009 final.

Protecting the lead by playing keep ball like the Harlem Globetrotters.

When you are chasing the game, Cork are not the team that are a sight for sore eyes, or tired bodies. They are the masters of making the opposition see red. They'll have to have a large possession stat against Monaghan, who have only been beaten once this term.

Monaghan were handsome winners over Meath in the quarter-final and convincing again in the semi-final triumph over Kerry.

Monaghan have been champions twice, 1996 and '97, and runners-up five times. This is one of the best sides they have ever assembled.


They contain an excellent cluster of forwards. Among them the artful Niamh Kindlon. Ciara McAnespie's vision and pace is a valuable asset, and there's scores in the boots of Caoimhe Mohan, Cathriona McConnell and Therese McNally.

Cork have quality at the back -- Angela Walsh, Briege Corkery and Brid Stack. They won the five-in-a-row from 2005 to 2009.

Tyrone shocked them in last year's quarter-final. That defeat still hurts. Now they say Cork have the hunger of the Cats.

They hit 15 wides against Dublin. It was their first game in six weeks since they overcame Kerry in the Munster final. They have sharpened the pencil since.

They had a generous margin to spare over Laois in the semi-final. Amy O'Shea (above) hit a hat-trick of goals, and there's also craft in the offerings of Nollaig Cleary, Mairead Kelly, Valerie Mulcahy and Rhona Ni Bhuachalla.

It will be worth the trip alone to see Cork's majestic midfielder, Juliet Murphy, dance in the clouds. But before the big band come out to play, there are also two other All-Ireland finals on the Croke Park menu.

Cavan meet Westmeath in the Inter at 2pm, while at noon in the Junior, it's Wicklow versus New York. Start spreading the news.