Wednesday 13 December 2017

Game at a glance

Man of the match

Richie Power (Kilkenny)

It wasn't just that he scored 1-8 (1-2 from open play), it was the way he looked in total control of every facet of his game, including stepping up for the free-taking duties when Henry Shefflin went off.

Turning point

None. There was never any period when the game was finely balanced. In terms of killing it off, Aidan Fogarty's goal in the 22nd minute put Kilkenny seven points clear and well on their way to the easiest of wins.

Talking point

Are there no heights Kilkenny can't reach? Even the loss of Brian Hogan and Henry Shefflin made no difference to their ability to press on and pulverise the Cork men all over the pitch.

Ref watch

It made no difference in what was a one-sided game but Brian Gavin's decision to award a penalty to Pat Horgan in the 48th minute was difficult to understand, as the Cork corner-forward appeared to put his head down and simply drive into the Kilkenny defence.

What they said

Brian Cody (Kilkenny manager):

"It wasn't in the plan that we'd go out and try and bombard them with goals, you go out and try and play and create as many chances as you can and that's the way it worked out. Thanks be to God, we took our chances."

Denis Walsh (Cork manager):

"The game was well over before the end. That's hugely disappointing, to be involved in a situation where you've trained a team long and hard and let everyone down. We let ourselves down more than anyone else. Today wasn't good enough, we have to take that on the chin."

Match statistics:

Wides: Cork 8 (6); Kilkenny 11 (6).

Frees: Cork 15 (8); Kilkenny 13 (5).

Yellow Cards: Cork 3 (A O hAilpin 1, N McCarthy 35+1, G Callanan 60); Kilkenny 5 (N Hickey 1, J Tyrrell 35+2, E Brennan 48, JJ Delaney 49, J Ryall 59).

Red Cards: Cork 0; Kilkenny 0.

Attendance: 41,060.

What next?

Kilkenny make their historic All-Ireland five-in-a-row bid on September 5; Cork to invest in a new drawing board for 2011.

Irish Independent

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