I had a few last night – as I’m sure many of you also did – but, along with the thick head, as I came around this morning it was to the delicious thought that something special had occurred yesterday. We didn’t, did we? We couldn’t have, could we? Feck me, we did – we did! Welcome to the morning after, hombres.
Before I adjourned to the local last night, I watched a fair bit of The Sunday Game and I dunno about the rest of you but I was left fairly underwhelmed by their coverage of our match. No Brolly so no mention of ‘wiping the floor’ and then Spillane had the brazen cheek to declare, after all he and others had said beforehand, that our win was “no great surprise”. And there was McStay sitting beside him like a great big fucking dummy, failing to call Spillane out over his ‘junk status’ jibe of a few weeks back – at least Tony Davis had the balls to take on Brolly last weekend. To cap it off, Des Cahill then summed it up by saying that “Joe Brolly was right”. Sweet Jesus: the sooner TV3 relieve these idiots of the entire TV rights to the championship, the better.
Anyway, onto more important matters. As you’ll imagine, there’s a glut of newsprint to get through so here it all is, all stacked and ready for your perusal.
The Irish Times has four separate pieces on the game. Here’s the overview, the after-match quotes, the match report and analysis from John O’Keeffe (who in Saturday’s paper said that Donegal were the only provincial champions in danger this weekend before then predicting an easy win for Cork).
I loved James Horan’s cool-as-you-like post-match comments, which are carried in that piece above. Here’s what he said:
We’re delighted with the win. Our aim today was to come up and play as well as we can and work as hard as we could. Fortunately we outworked and outfought the opposition and that was the bedrock of the game. We’re delighted. We won the game and are looking forwards to moving on to the next step.
The breaking ball was eight to one after 15 minutes. Cork were dominating even though the guys were catching some clean ball but in the breaking ball we were getting beaten. We adjusted that and it seemed to work; we got the majority of possession around there and that enabled us to get the ball into Andy and the guys inside, who did a lot of damage. That was a huge part of the game.
Roscommon two (Connacht final) and Galway one (semi-final) so we must be doing something right in the second half. You saw the tackling and the work rate there today; whenever a Cork player got the ball there were two or three guys around him. The work rate was superb today.
Fitness is important but the discipline in some of our tackling today was close to the edge, but very good. We were aggressive in the tackle and got the hands out when we needed to and conceded very few frees in the second half. The discipline and the set-up we have is very strong and the guys are working so hard that we’re getting results.
Amen, amen and amen again. What a man.
Aidan O’Shea has a nice quote in that Indo piece about facing into his parent’s people the next day:
I’m looking forward to it. I only played them at minor and we had the bragging rights for a few weeks after that so hopefully there’ll be the same result.
You big monster, Aido. If you do to them at senior level what you did to them at minor in ’08, we’ll be half way there. And that’s before our other Kerryman gets cranked up.
The Irish Examiner have a wonderful shot of Sheamie soaring above Aidan Walsh to claim the leather in their match report. Plus, try as they might to pretend they’re a national paper, the report is written from a Cork perspective so that makes it even nicer to digest. Yum, yum. They also have plenty of post-match quotes.
There are obviously loads of more reports from other sources to feast on if you want to, such as RTÉ, GAA.ie (which has a cracking photo of brothers-in-arms Donie Vaughan and Ger Cafferkey), Setanta, Hogan Stand and Eircom SportsHub (match report, post-match comments from James Horan and the very gracious Conor Counihan and Ciaran Whelan’s analysis – can’t wait to see Ewan McKenna’s updated ‘Power Rankings’ in due course too). And that’s before the locals go to print.
For now, though, there are hangovers to be nursed and matches to be watched all over again. And dreams to be dreamed. Yes, folks, we’re back in that territory again this morning.
Have a great Bank Holiday.