But in Nowlan Park in the Leinster Championship, we had the best game of the year so far, with Kilkenny and Galway producing a brilliant contest. Every player going flat out, every man trying to win his own ball — it had everything — physicality, great skill, but above all, no bullshit on tactics or sweepers, which was great to see.
I know there are questions about the Cork defence, but I think there are questions about every defence in the country when you see the amount of scores being conceded every weekend by most teams.
I believe the Cork full-back line are getting a good few games together, and that is very important for the last line of defence, because the more games you play together, the more understanding you have of each other’s game and how much you can trust each other.
I would not be surprised for Cork to start Christopher Joyce in this game, as his experience would be vital in a ground like Cusack Park. Young Downey's lack of experience could be tested by Clare — Peter Duggan and Tony Kelly could capitalise on that.
But the real problem for Clare will be the Cork attack. Cork have the paciest attack in Ireland in Danial Kearney, Seamus Harnedy and Luke Meade. They roam all over the field, you can’t give them room.