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Cork fans celebrate a point. Picture: INPHO/Oisin Keniry
Cork fans celebrate a point. Picture: INPHO/Oisin Keniry
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Shades of the good old days for Cork hurling in the sizzling summer sun

THE swagger is back in Cork hurling after another memorable outing at Semple Stadium that was a throwback to the great days of the past.

This mirrored the mid-noughties when the Rebels were on top of the hurling world about Thurles — sweltering heat, massive traffic congestion, and a sterling Cork performance that has lifted the entire county.

Now it’s a Munster final date with Clare at the same venue with a win giving the team direct access to an All-Ireland semi-final. It’s bound to be a cracker on July 9, especially with former Cork stars Donal Óg Cusack and Diarmuid O’Sullivan in opposition on the sideline.

The good times are certainly rolling again for Cork and in the aftermath of yesterday’s pulsating 0-23 to 1-15 win over the Déise, selector Pat Hartnett praised everyone connected with the team.

“Nothing has been won yet, but you have to acknowledge the result today. I thought the players really did themselves justice today and it’s great to win two games like that, back to back.

“I thought the lads that came in did themselves justice too on what was a fiercely hot day.”

Despite the excellence of their two victories over Tipperary and Waterford, the former Cork great was still keeping the feet planted on the ground.

“We cannot lose the run of ourselves. Clare are a very good team and we still have work to do in areas.

“We had a number of wides and goal opportunities too so we’d have expected to have got at least one.

“In tighter games that could have been expensive. Clare are a formidable side but we have hit 50 points in our last two games and that’s good going.

“But you have to keep doing that.’’

 Cork manager Kieran Kingston and selector Diarmuid O’Sullivan shake hands with Waterford selector Dan Shanahan.  Picture: Eddie O’Hare

Cork manager Kieran Kingston and selector Diarmuid O’Sullivan shake hands with Waterford selector Dan Shanahan.  Picture: Eddie O’Hare

Páirc Uí Chaoimh might not be open for the Munster finals next month, but it will host the All-Ireland quarter-final double-header on July 23. Cork will feature if they lose to Clare, on a day when the runners-up in Munster and Leinster meet two qualifiers.

Repeat pairings are avoided at that stage, but if Clare beat Cork and both Tipp and Waterford emerge from the back-door there would be no other option. The draw for the first round of the qualifiers will take place next Monday.