Tuesday 24 April 2018

Colm O’Rourke: Awesome Dublin head and shoulders above all challengers

Dublin's Michael Darragh Macauley surges past Cork's Paul Kerrigan at Croke Park. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
Dublin's Michael Darragh Macauley surges past Cork's Paul Kerrigan at Croke Park. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
Declan Whooley

Declan Whooley

GAA pundit Colm O’Rourke has jokingly suggested that all sides taking on Dublin should be given a headstart on the scoreboard such is the strength of the All-Ireland champions.

The Dubs reached a second successive League decider when they blitzed Brian Cuthbert’s new-look Cork with a seventeen-point turnaround in the second half.

It was a highly impressive performance after the interval and O’Rourke struggles to see how any team will stop the men from the capital this year.

“Dublin were awesome when they got going,” he told Morning Ireland.

“In the first half Cork looked like serious All-Ireland contenders, but by the end of it you didn’t know where they stood.”

“Dublin were overwhelming with the likes Brogans, Macauley, Andrews and Connolly.”

With the quality of Gavin’s squad, O’Rourke light-heartedly suggested a handicap system to even up the playing field.

“Maybe we should introduce a handicap system to give teams a chance,” he said.

“Give Meath a fifteen point start, maybe Cork ten points,” he said.

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