Eight points down, being torched in every line of the field — not just close to goal where John Conlon was making the most of the constant supply of ball — and wilting in the face of Clare’s intensity, Cork looked dead and buried in Thurles. Yet the veterans in red yesterday had been through too much to relinquish their provincial crown without a fight. And that’s exactly what Bill Cooper, Daniel Kearney, Pat Horgan, Seamus Harnedy, Chris Joyce, Eoin Cadogan and Anthony Nash did.
Horgan, even when Cork weren’t at the races early, was at his All-Star sharpest and nailed four from play. Harnedy was the go-to guy for long clearances and pounced for 1-4, as well as assisting Meade’s goal and getting fouled for two frees.