Rebel forward power to shade replay

THERE was plenty controversy in the drawn decider between these two teams in Swords a few weeks ago.

Despite the fact that the majority of observers had deemed Donegal the victors after normal-time, Cork were attributed an extra point which required extra-time.

Ultimately the Ulster side required a late free by Patrick McBrearty to force the draw that earned them a 2-11 to 1-14 draw and send this tie into a replay.

McBrearty was on fire at full-forward for Donegal in that game as he registered 2-6 and is clearly the forward to watch. Brian McHugh, son of former senior great Martin, Anthony Blair, Luke Barrett and John O’Malley also impressed in theGlensmens performance.

Cork can call on last year’s county minor netminder Shane Masters between the posts while Jeremy Ryan and TJ Brosnan are to the fore in defence.

Stephen O’Mahony is a majorpresence for the Rebels at midfield while Mark Sugrue, Jeff O’Donoghue, Michael Vaughan and John Corkery are the key attackers as they posted a combined 1-11 in the drawn game.

All the signs are pointing to this clash being an extremely tight encounter.

However, if Cork can manage to curb the influence of McBrearty, they have the weapons in their arsenal to secure a victory.

Verdict: Cork

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