Donal O'Grady - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

Seamus Harnedy celebrates scoring Cork's first goal against Limerick. Picture: Inpho

DONAL OGRADY: Goals crucial as half-forward line provide platform for Rebels’ success

With the teams level at half-time, it was clear the first goal would have a huge bearing on the result. And so it proved.

James Ryan: Sweeps up a lot of breaking ground ball.

DONAL OGRADY: Midfield battle will be decisive

Limerick have had four weeks to prepare for this final with no injuries and no distractions.

TJ Reid - the Cats' main man from play and frees

DONAL OGRADY: Workrate, discipline key for Dubs

Dublin won’t be giving up their crown with a major fight


DONAL OGRADY: Tigerish defence holds Tribe stars in vice-like grip

Management Moves


DONAL OGRADY: Cork composure and commitment catches Clare cold

In the lead-up to the game, I believed the first 20 minutes would prove crucial and that if one team got a grip it would be hard to seize the initiative back from them.