TAKE the points and the goals will come.
That may very well be the thinking in Glen Rovers and Imokilly on the eve of their county final showdown tomorrow afternoon.
In their five games en-route to the final, Imokilly have scored just four goals, three against the Barrs and one against Sars.
You could say that’s a very meagre return in that department but it hasn’t made any great difference to them in their three-in-a-row ambitions which they hope will end with Seamus Harnedy lifting the old trophy again tomorrow.
Even in their two emphatic and lopsided wins over Carrigdhoun and Carbery in the colleges/divisions section they failed to raise a green flag.
They just popped over the points at their ease and in those two games they amassed 55 points.
In their game with Midleton they split the sticks 34 times which brought their total of points in their five games to 125.
On the other side the Glen played a game less and put up a tally of three goals and 77 points.
Of course, it must be pointed out that in Imokilly’s victories over Carrigdhoun and Carbery, the opposition was very lukewarm Last season, en-route to retaining the title, they scored 19 goals, 10 of them in the colleges/divisions section against Muskerry and CIT.
The Glen have been very miserly in defence in this championship, conceding just the one goal in four games against Midleton, Charleville, Newtown and Carrigtwohill.
That’s an excellent stat in the concession stakes and is a tribute to their defensive play and to their goalkeeper Cathal Hickey who continues to perform right at the top of his game.
Imokilly have conceded five goals thus far, four of them in 10 minutes in their game against Midleton which for a brief few moments allowed the Magpies back into a game that they were getting hammered in.
Will we get goals tomorrow? The likelihood is that there won’t be too many although there are enough good forwards on both sides to provide a few.
Queried at the Glen press day, Richie Kelleher was asked if it was a concern that his team hadn’t scored more goals.
His answer was very relevant, we haven’t been conceding them either.
We’ll just have to wait and see if Nathan Wall’s umpires with the green flags are kept busy tomorrow.
There are, of course, a number of intriguing questions that will have to be answered and one of them relates to one of the country’s best hurlers, Patrick Horgan.
In the Glen’s last title victory over Erin’s Own in 2017 he was in scintillating form, scoring 0-12.
He was in scintillating form that day and is the obvious danger man on their team.
So who will pick him up tomorrow?
Will Imokilly single put a player to follow him when he starts to move around or will they trust his marker in whatever position he ends up in.
If they are going for a man marker the name of Ger Millerick immediately springs to mind and, despite his tender years, he is one of the best around.
He certainly did an excellent job for O’Neill’s against Kilworth last Sunday in curtailing the threat of Noel McNamara.
But, of course, Horgan is a different story altogether.
Again we’ll wait and see.
The Glen management, on the other side, will be aware of the physical presence and threat that Deccie Dalton poses and if he gets his hands on the ball he’s very hard to mark.
The free-taking of Dalton and Horgan may well be a deciding factor in the game and what a battle in the dead ball stakes may lie ahead.
You have two of the country’s best here, if not the best and from anything from a 100 yards out these two will punish you.
That’s another sub-plot to the game, one of many.
We need a cracking county final here in Cork. Last year was hugely disappointing with Imokilly emphatic winners over Midleton in a one-sided final.
The previous year, it was much closer with the Rockies losing by just two points. But you still would not call it a thrilling final.
What we need tomorrow is a throwback to other days, two teams going at it hammer and tongs for 60 minutes, no quarter asked or given and we’ll see after that.