23 July, 2011

Rebels roast Mourne & look hot to repeat All-Ireland

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Star man Donncha O'Connor scores Cork's clinching second goal
          In a repeat of last year's All-Ireland Final;  Cork v Down was the most eagerly anticipated fixture on this week's GAA calender.  A tight contest was anticipated after last year's one point winning margin for the side from the  "Real Capital."  Cork however laid down a marker with a 12 point win and provincial champions will not want to face the defending All-Ireland champions over the next two weekends.
Cork are now favourites to retain the All-Ireland Title
          Donncha O'Connor was an inspiration for Cork today, scoring 1-7 and what was one of the best goals seen at Croke Park in some time late in the first half.  The Ballydesmond native was full of life and effervescence; running deep to pick up loose ball and breaking down Down's advances in midfield.  The Rebels will have their fingers crossed that O'Connor stays fit til September because his full-forward partner in crime; Daniel Goulding did his hamstring this evening and looks like being out for some time.  For now though; Cork will look forward to the All-Ireland Quarter Finals in good heart and this observer feels that anyone who beats Cork will be the All-Ireland Champions as Cork ooze class, strength and athleticism all over the field.
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