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Unfortunately, I’d love to be going to the Tipperary v Waterford game, but the tickets are scarce and I’m on radio duty for the Cork v Dublin match. This is another game I’m looking forward to though, and Cork got it spot on last week against Clare.
We thought it would be tight, but The Rebels jumped a big, big hurdle in overcoming a gallant Clare team. Cork could be challengers for the All-Ireland Championship yet and if they get over Dublin at the weekend, that puts them in the last four.
Saturday 19:00 – Cork v Dublin
Sky Sports Arena
Something’s happening down in Cork! They won the 2020 Under-20 All-Ireland, their minors are in the Munster final and on Wednesday this season’s Under-20s won the Munster title. The longer Cork stay in this Championship, the better they’re going to get and the more dangerous they’re going to be.
This weekend they play a Dublin team who you’d expect will have an awful lot of their players back who were close contact cases for Covid before they met Kilkenny in the Leinster final a couple of weeks ago. Namely, the likes of Cian O’Callaghan and Ronan Hayes, who were big losses last time out.
But, will Eoghan O’Donnell be fit to start for The Dubs? And, if he does start, how fit will he be? He is key for Mattie Kenny’s men and if isn’t up to fitness, it’ll be an uphill task for this team.
I am expecting Cork to push on. The abundance of speed they have in attack, with the likes of Robbie O’Flynn and Jack O’Connor, is scary! If they get a run on you, they’re going to be formidable opposition for any opponent. Take The Rebels to be victorious here.
But, they’re going to have to jump this hurdle first and last year in November at the same venue they were comprehensive winners over Dublin and I expect them to win again on Saturday. The handicap margin is six points, but I don’t believe this contest will be as clear cut as many people think.
I reckon the Dubs might cover that six-point spread. Cork should win by four or five points, but you can’t underestimate this Dublin side for a second. Just ask Galway about them!
Kieran Kingston has goals on the mind of his Cork players. All they seem to be doing is raising green flags! They scored a bundle of them in the National League, got one against Limerick in Munster and then grabbed three last weekend.
However, I just can’t look past Jack O’Connor to fire first in this one. This lad has frightening pace. If he gets past you – as we saw last weekend – there’s only one thing on his mind and that’s scoring a goal.
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