Friday 23 February 2018

All-Ireland SHC final diary

Davy Russell and Dinky the pony
Davy Russell and Dinky the pony

Number of the day: 10,000: The amount in euro the winners of Sunday's minor final will be presented with by competition sponsors Electric Ireland, who have set up the prize fund in order to "promote the minor game" in the winners' county. A similar offer will be on the line in the minor football decider.

The Verdict

Davy Russell

(Irish champion NH jockey 2012)

"Obviously, coming from Youghal, it'll be Cork hopefully, but they'll have to stop Clare's Tony Kelly who's very talented, and also keep Darach Honan under control.

"I hear Brian Murphy marked Conor Lehane when he came back in that club game so it will be very interesting to see if Brian starts and who he marks.

"I played a bit of hurling – very badly – and work means I can't get to many big games, but I sometimes get to Cork's challenge matches and I've a ticket for Sunday.

"My daughter and her cousins painted Dinky (the pony) in the Cork colours and we took him up to St Ita's (Seamus Harnedy's club) last weekend. He's gone viral now and looks set to become an international superstar!"

(see @_Davy_Russel_)

Verdict: Cork

Final Questions

Q 1: Who was the last player to captain Clare in an All-Ireland SH final?

Q 2: When was the last time Cork won an All-Ireland SH final in a year ending in '3'?

*See end of column for answers

Cian Dillon

Age: 24 Club: Crusheen

Height: 6' 2" Weight: 14st 6lbs

A forceful, versatile defender who has played full-back in the past and commands his space impressively.

Brendan Bugler

Age: 28 Club: Whitegate

Height: 6' 2" Weight: 13st 10lbs

One of the best fielders in the game, Bugler made his debut in Tony Considine's year and is the current All Star right half-back.

Pat Donnellan

Age: 28 Club: O'Callaghan Mills

Height: 6' 2" Weight: 13st 3lbs

The captain, the longest serving starter, and the lynchpin in a sweeper system that worked seamlessly over the last two games. Donnellan has played his free role expertly behind Conor Ryan, who drops routinely into centre back.

Conor O'Sullivan

Age: 24 Club: Sarsfields

Height: 5' 10" Weight: 12st 7lbs

One of the players brought into the squad by Gerald McCarthy during the last 'strike,' O'Sullivan reads a game impressively as illustrated when he was the spare man against Kilkenny in the All-Ireland quarter final after Henry Shefflin's sending off.

Tom Kenny

Age: 32 Club: Grenagh

Height: 6' 0" Weight: 13st 6lbs

The most experienced Cork player and the oldest, his inter-county days stretch back to 2003 when he made his championship debut. At his peak, he has been one of hurling's fastest exponents.

Christopher Joyce

Age: 21 Club: Na Piarsaigh

Height: 6' 1" Weight: 12st 7lbs

One Na Piarsaigh half-back legend may have retired, another may have been cut loose from the squad, but Christopher Joyce has managed to keep the city club represented across the line. A strong fielder of the ball.

Quotes from the 2013 Championship

"Tonight I think is something we'll all remember in years to come."

– Henry Shefflin after his seven-minute cameo at the end of that epic qualifier victory over Tipperary in Nowlan Park in July.

"Whatever view is out there of Tipperary, I would like to challenge it. The view that Tipperary are not able to put up a fight, I would challenge that. We lost a game by three points, yeah? We didn't lose what's in Tipperary."

– Impassioned defence of his players from Tipperary manager Eamon O'Shea after the same Nowlan Park qualifier.


Waterford Crystal semi-final Sixmilebridge, Friday February 1, 2013

Clare 0-20 Cork 2-11

The first of their four previous meetings this season was like something out of'D'Unbelievables. A fuel spill caused a massive traffic jam on the motorway outside Limerick which caught up many of the cars Cork were travelling in.

Throw-in was delayed from 7.45 to 8.30 and still some of their players hadn't arrived. Sub-keeper Willie McCarthy actually played corner-forward until Adrian Mannix arrived in their last car-load and was rushed in.

Clare led by three at half-time, Mannix bagged two goals to tie it, but late points from Colin Ryan and Cathal O'Connell sealed Clare's victory and they went on to beat Tipp (1-21 to 1-13) in the final.

Scorers – Clare: C Ryan 0-8 (6fs), N O'Connell 0-6 (5fs), P Collins, S O'Donnell 0-2 each, C O'Connell, J Clancy 0-1 each. Cork: A Mannix 2-1, P Horgan 0-4 (3fs), C Murphy 0-2, C McCarthy, D Lordan, R O'Shea, J Coughlan 0-1 each.

CLARE – D Tuohy; D O'Donovan, C Duggan, B O'Connell; B Bugler, P Donnellan, P O'Connor; N O'Connell, S Morey; C Ryan, P Collins, E Barrett; S O'Donnell, A O'Neill, J Clancy. Subs: D McInerney for B O'Connell (45), T Kelly for Collins, M Flaherty for O'Neill, C O'Connell for Clancy (all 55), D O'Halloran for O'Donnell (66).

CORK– A Nash; J O'Donovan, M Ellis, P O'Sullivan; W Walsh, C Joyce, S White; D Pyne, R O'Shea; B Corry, D Lordan, C Murphy; W McCarthy, P Horgan, J Coughlan. Subs: A Mannix for W McCarthy (33), C McCarty for Lordan (h-t), D Kearney for Pyne (38), S Moylan for Corry (58).


Q 1: Brian Lohan (2002)

Q 2: 1953

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