Talking points from the Cork hurlers victory over Westmeath

Talking points from the Cork hurlers victory over Westmeath
Patrick Horgan of Cork shoots to score his side's first goal from a penalty in Westmeath. Picture: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

1. Reliance on Horgan:

Patrick Horgan scored 2-8 of Cork’s 3-12, showing that the captaincy is something to inspire rather than inhibit him. However, of the other 1-4, the goal was fortunate and Conor Lehane – substituted after 11 minutes – was the only player to score more than once.

2. Mixed impact for fringe players:

Cork went with an experimental look to their team as some players were given opportunities and others moved to different positions. On such a day, it can be hard to judge those auditions, but Seán O’Leary-Hayes is showing up well at corner-back.

Midleton's Sean O'Leary-Hayes clears from Sarsfields' Liam Healy. Picture: Eddie O'Hare
Midleton's Sean O'Leary-Hayes clears from Sarsfields' Liam Healy. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

3. It’s a knockout?

A win over Limerick next week would effectively guarantee Cork a semi-final spot, but would such a thing be a help or a hindrance? Nobody really wants to win the league but extra games would be helpful in terms of getting the team to gel.

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