Well it’s hardly the surprise outcome of the century but now it’s official – Cork’s easy win over Sligo in their Round 4A qualifier tie a bit earlier on this evening earns them a date against our lads in the All-Ireland SFC quarter-final at Croke Park tomorrow week (throw-in 4pm). It’ll be our first championship clash with the Rebels since that memorable win we recorded over them at the same stage of the championship three years ago.
We were complete outsiders going into that 2011 match against the then defending All-Ireland champions but the bookies have already installed us as 1/2 favourites to prevail the next day. Prevail we should but on their day Cork are capable of putting it up to anyone and they represent a dangerous threat to us so needless to say it’s a match we cannot take for granted. And, of course, now that we have a specific game to focus on there’s no point at all at all thinking about how we might fare out against other hypothetical opponents further down the line. Cork, and the very considerable challenge they’re likely to present tomorrow week, are all that matters for us now.