“It’s all too easy to call for changes after a loss. Change in itself won’t achieve a whole lot. It’s improvements that are required.”
What if John Meyler, Fraggie Murphy and Donal O’Mahony decided on a radical approach? If the selectors felt they had to gamble they could move Mark Coleman from his wing-back berth and move Darragh Fitzgibbon to centre-forward.
Seán O’Donoghue, Eoin Cadogan, Niall O’Leary;
Tim O’Mahony, Darragh Fitzgibbon, Seamus Harnedy;
By the same token, the opening goal came from a miscued touch, and Bubbles O’Dwyer drifted around and picked off seven points in an MVP outing.
Cork have the motivation of atoning for their woeful effort against Tipp, and the regret from losing last year’s All-Ireland final as well. Those factors should guarantee Meyler’s charges perform even if they don’t get the required result.