Sunday 18 August 2019

Croke Park defeats no issue for Cork: Cadogan

Cork's Eoin Cadogan. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Cork's Eoin Cadogan. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Cork's failure to win a Croke Park Championship match in their last five attempts is not "relevant" to their current team, full-back Eoin Cadogan has insisted.

Cork's failure to win a Croke Park Championship match in their last five attempts is not "relevant" to their current team, full-back Eoin Cadogan has insisted.

Fresh from their 23-point win over Westmeath in an All-Ireland preliminary quarter-final, Cadogan places no weight on the absence of a Croke Park hurling win for the Rebels since the 2013 All-Ireland semi-final against Dublin.

Since then they have drawn an All-Ireland final with Clare, lost the replay (2013) and subsequently lost All-Ireland semi-finals in 2014 to Tipperary, in 2017 to Waterford and last year to Limerick after extra-time.

"All these things, they're all superstitions to a certain degree - 2013 to 2019, the circumstances are massively different," Cadogan said.

"I don't think that's massively relevant to us at this moment in time. We don't really care where we play, we just want to go and play and hopefully we can go out and put in a solid performance."


Cork looked sharp in Mullingar, accumulating a record tally of points (40) for a Championship match, but the Douglas man appreciates how different next Sunday against the Cats will be.

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"Kilkenny and Cork have a fierce tradition and I'd expect nothing else next weekend.

"They'll be very disappointed with the Leinster final loss and will be hurting. It's not too often you see Kilkenny losing in Croke Park so they'll be ready to roll and gunning for us.

"I always say that you want to pit yourself against the best and Kilkenny have some of the best forwards in the country.

"Going out marking these guys is a privilege. You can put yourself up against the biggest challenge possible and say you either stood up to it or you didn't."

Cadogan suggested that Tipperary had done Cork a "favour" by beating Limerick in Thurles on the same day that they lost to Clare in Ennis to send them down this route.

Many observers felt Cork could, inadvertently, benefit from steering clear of a Munster final and the build-up involved.

"I think we got lucky. Tipperary probably did us a favour on the day without them knowing it. We never want to leave our fate in any other county's hands and that day we didn't perform the way we wanted to.

"The conditions (heavy rain) were the same for Clare. There were certain aspects of our game that we wouldn't have been happy with and the last three weeks we had the opportunity to address them. Some of it worked, some of it didn't."

Cork gave Westmeath the respect of their strongest possible team as manager John Meyler opted to give them a "blow-out" ahead of their first Championship meeting with Kilkenny in six years, when Cork won in Thurles.

Darragh Fitzgibbon's selection at centre-forward was significant, potentially bolstering their attacking threat as they prepare for a mouth-watering clash in Croke Park.

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