The hurling game, for me, never took off. Cork were nothing like the team that played in the Munster final; a lot of their players were off-form. I know there was a lot of pressure. Even in the warm-up, you could see the tension, and that warm-up went on for a long time. It was obvious that the management team were under pressure. It’s hard to play with freedom when the nerves take over.
Ryan Walsh, at midfield, worked very hard and got a couple of great points. But I don’t think that this Cork attack will ever be as poor again. Denis Ring knows well that this performance would not be good enough in the All-Ireland final, but I believe this is a great way to go into it. I’m sure the management will go through all that with them.
Every year that Cork fail to win an All-Ireland is a year that is not a success. Cork is the biggest county in the country GAA-wise, that is simply not good enough. 2005 was the last senior title, 2001 the last minor title, and 1998 the last U21 title. Now, that is a poor return for Cork.