Ó Sé spoke about not being able to get near Cork’s midfield that day – Liam Honohan and Danny Culloty simply had too much strong presence. Men against boys. And Cork were the men.
Cork were so on top at midfield by then, so imposing and in control and you’d sort of forget how important Danny Culloty was for so long in holding that dominance over Kerry. That was before Darragh Ó Sé’s time and though Cork have had midfielders since who’ve had big games here and there, they’ve rarely had a midfield two who’ve consistently been able to compete against the old rivals – even since Darragh, David Moran and Anthony Maher stepped up to control big games.
Mark O’Connor was a serious player around then as well, with a lot of powerful performances unfairly tarnished perhaps by one slip on Jason Sherlock later that summer – not overly tarnished, he still won an All-Star for his performance here mainly, along with Steven O’Brien, who was also very very accomplished as a different kind of centre-back by this stage.