It was a score for Kerry. Paul Geaney and David Clifford combined as they pleased, with a blitz of movement and technical skills. Cork football fans realised that it was going to be another long night. It was, to the tune of 3-18, and 3-20 would follow some weeks later. It might not be any harm to recall these atrocities, before we get too carried away with the positivity of brave, man-to-man football against a non-functional Limerick attack.
There are risks to both. We recall a terrible lesson down the Páirc, in 2014, when Kerry hopped ball after ball into the spaces for James O’Donoghue, isolated against his man. It was a day that altered Brian Cuthbert’s attacking philosophy. Cork haven’t had a man-marker to do the O’Donoghue job when he’s been on fire.
And don’t forget, Kerry did struggle with Galway’s defensive block in the super eights, only hitting 1-10 in Croker. Nathan Walsh and Kevin Flahive are pacy, aggressive defenders, but it’s a massive ask.