That goal from Colm O’Neill then, a raking pass from Nick Murphy and the volleyed finish banged into the net and the most obvious thought at that stage was that Cork could do absolute wreck here, like lay waste to Kerry properly at last.
Kerry were very good in the second quarter here though, as they squeezed Cork’s spaces completely and their individual forwards did the damage.
Daniel Goulding, normally lethal, got a point from two good goal chances.
Cork STILL managed to get it back to a point with all these chances missed, but Kerry just had more title-winning know-how at that moment.
To be fair they kicked on with three points when they had to, two from Walsh (one of them was a top class one-two) and another from a perfectly-timed Tomás Ó Sé burst. It just had this feeling this time of Cork lacking something rather than Kerry simply being better, that Cork just were unable to finish the job and that this lack of killer instinct, game management and championship-winning quality might be fatal for this team.