They showed a batch of long kick-passes into the full-forward line that generally ended with a score, Robert Finnerty’s goal came from a clever booted pre-assist by Shane Walsh and this shift in emphasis was presented as a positive. Factors here include a perception of slow attacking previously under Kevin Walsh and Joyce having been such a lovely kick-passer himself and Galway’s tradition. Remember Paul Clancy’s kick-pass assist for that Declan Meehan All-Ireland final goal?
For Cork, who just haven’t been consistently very good at kick-passing ball into forwards in recent times, it’ll be interesting to see if it’s more a defensive than attacking factor or if it affects their style at all. It’s hard to recall many kick-passes last Saturday evening v Offaly that went into a forward that immediately presented a shooting chance.