Thursday 22 February 2018

Game at a glance

Man of the match

Liam Watson (Antrim)

Red-carded in the end, but a return of 0-6 from play served to highlight just how big a loss the Shamrocks forward was to Antrim hurling in '09.

Turning point

In a game that seemed stuck in a single gear, Niall McCarthy's brilliantly taken 36th-minute goal was always going to be a pivotal moment.

Talking point

Is there one momentous kick left in this Cork team? Much of the shine of that May win over Tipp seems to have dulled now and Kilkenny are next on their horizon. It is hard to see a hijacking occurring.

Ref watch

A pretty un-taxing outing for Michael Wadding, who controlled proceedings with little apparent fuss. Little option with the sending-off.

They said

Denis Walsh (Cork manager):

"I just told them in the Antrim dressing-room that I couldn't relax at any point of that game. It was difficult and very physical. But we are where we want to be and about to find out now just how good we actually are."

Dinny Cahill (Antrim manager):

"Bearing in mind we didn't know most of these players seven months ago, I can't be too disappointed. We needed a goal with one of those 21-yard frees. But this is a young Antrim team and their future is very bright."

Match statistics

Wides: Cork (4) 8; Antrim (3) 6.

Frees: Cork (8) 14; Antrim (6) 14.

Yellow cards: Cork 2 (J Gardiner 66, P Horgan 69 ); Antrim 4 (L Watson 3, S McCrory 21, J Campbell 35, L Watson 66).

Red cards: Cork 0; Antrim 1 (L Watson 66).

Attendance: 27,864.

What next?

Cork face the litmus test of Kilkenny in Sunday week's All-Ireland semi-final. Antrim regroup for 2011.

Irish Independent

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