It said a lot about the potential of learning from others and taking lessons board as well. In the same way that those young Man Utd players learnt the value of extra work from Eric Cantona, Andy Moran was given a glimpse into where he needed to go to make that next step and he was willing to do that.
These demands have gotten worse of course and it was noteworthy how fast Cork fell behind here again after some superiority for a spell. Jim McGuinness spoke of how athletically intimidating Cork were in 2012 and that team had energy and power to run teams over; it was only a few years after that Cork were playing catch-up in fitness preparation terms when they realised (slightly surprised in fact at the time by the gap) that they were way behind on the GPS stats in distance covered in games and that was a huge factor in fall-offs in performances against the top teams.
There aren’t as many Kieran Donaghys to face these days as there were in the 2000s. Defences don’t necessarily need the aerial competitor in defence. Cork’s full-back line in 2010 was Carey-Shields-Cadogan with Canty as back-up, no shortage of heft there.