Saturday 18 November 2017

Final record is music to Mourne men's ears

Down's 100pc record (five wins from five appearances) in All-Ireland SF finals is a major confidence booster as they prepare to take on Cork next Sunday.

It contrasts sharply with Cork's record in finals, which is very disappointing.

They have an unimpressive 25pc success rate (six wins from 24 appearances). They have drawn twice, while the 1894 final against Dublin was unfinished, leaving Cork with 15 defeats.

Nine of those defeats have come in their last 13 finals, while they drew one with Meath in 1988. They lost to Kerry (2007 and 2009), Meath (1967, '87, '88, '99), Derry (1993), Louth (1957), Galway (1956).

Cork's problems in finals have usually been of the attacking variety. They managed just 1-9 in both the 2007 and 2009 finals against Kerry, 1-8 against Meath in 1999, 2-8 against Derry in 1993, 0-12 against Meath in the 1988 replay and 0-11 against the Royals a year earlier.

However, low scoring hasn't always undermined them as they beat Meath by 0-11 to 0-9 in the 1990 final. Cork have averaged 1-14 per game in this year's championship while Down have averaged 1-16.

Irish Independent

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