Not once did Cork look to exploit the Tipperary full back, which is a perceived weakness of the side. Not once did they run at the heart of their half-back line, which lacks pace. They seemed to go to great lengths not to go direct with the wind at their backs in the second half. They made no real concerted effort to protect their half-backs, and Sarsfield’s Daniel Kearney, a key player in Cork’s style of play, never made an appearance.
Cork conceded 1-28 in less than ideal conditions, and shadow boxing or not, that is worrying.
Valley Rovers' Chris O’Leary was arguably College’s star performer from the right wing-back position in their Fitz triumph, with a feature of his performances being his exquisite ball striking from long range. That asset alone should have him being considered as a serious option for the Cork number five jersey.
His performances for Imokilly and UCC would add further evidence to this notion.