Tuesday 24 April 2018

Cyril Farrell: Cork have enough in tank to drive over Saffrons

WHAT quarter-final draw would you like after losing out in extra-time in a gruelling Munster final replay?

Antrim, of course. No disrespect whatsoever to the Saffrons, but they are the weakest of the four quarter-finalists, so Cork know that it's very much in their own hands to revive their All-Ireland prospects.

The absence of Shane O'Neill, who's an outstanding corner-back, and Sean Og O hAilpin, weakens the Cork defence, but they have strength in depth and will be well able to cope.

Antrim have some good forwards and come into his game boosted by the win over Dublin, but it's difficult to see them survive all the way against Cork.

Still, it's good to see Antrim back in Croke Park on All-Ireland quarter-final day and all the more so since it looked this time last year as if they might not even be allowed compete for the McCarthy Cup in 2010.

In fairness, they have done well this year, which is another feather on Dinny Cahill's much-travelled cap. It's some slog commuting from Cloughjordan to Antrim, but it's all worthwhile for Dinny when he sees how much progress Antrim are making.

Cork won't have allowed the defeat by Waterford to impact too negatively on their confidence. They missed an awful lot of chances that, on another day, would be converted into scores, so the difference was ever so marginal.

That's the attitude they will take to Croke Park tomorrow. Antrim will test them, but Cork have enough in attack to win and set up a semi-final clash with Kilkenny.

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