Three reasons Cork lost to Dublin at GAA headquarters

Rebels did well in the first half but didn't have enough in the tank to cause an upset
Three reasons Cork lost to Dublin at GAA headquarters

Dean Rock of Dublin in action against Cork players Maurice Shanley, Brian Hurley, Mattie Taylor, and Rory Maguire. Picture: Daire Brennan/Sportsfile

70-MINUTE PERFORMANCE 

Dublin entered Saturday night’s All-Ireland quarter-final as 12-point favourites. Cork knew they had a puncher’s chance as long as they kept in touch with their opponents on the scoreboard through all four quarters.

Alas, despite an impressive first-half display, Cork’s inability to knit together a full 70-minute performance saw Dublin take advantage of a third-quarter surge and holding their opponents scoreless in the same period to ease to victory.

There was a lot to admire in Cork’s overall effort but failure to match their first-half display and kicking some poor wides meant there was only going to be one outcome.

MALFUNCTION 

Cork came out for the second half three points behind and needing to hit the ground running. Instead, the Rebels’ attacking endeavours malfunctioned. The Cork forwards just couldn’t get going and failed to score until the 55th minute.

By that juncture, Dublin had added to their lead with Dean Rock punishing his opponents from placed balls. Adding just three points to their total was never going to be enough.

LIFECYCLE 

The reality for Cork supporters is that despite overcoming Louth and Limerick, beating Dublin was simply a step too far. Dessie Farrell’s current squad is at a different point of its lifecycle and capable of winning All-Ireland titles. Cork are nowhere near that.

Nobody can fault the Cork players for self-belief, application, work-rate or skill. Encouragingly, an influx of youth means the curve is turning upwards. Reaching the last eight of this year’s All-Ireland reflects exactly where Cork senior football is at in 2022.

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