By Peter McNamara, @PeterMcNamara_
Hindsight, as we all know, is such a wonderful commodity.
It allows people to gloss over inaccurate pre-match and pre-season predictions on a regular basis, for instance.
It also, however, can remind us of the errors in judgement we may have made, be they temporary or on a long-term basis.
Certainly, Mickey Harte, despite his Tyrone side having lost just the one Allianz NFL Division 1 encounter thus far,
Coney and Donnelly are two players that probably would have offered the Red Hands much more from a panel perspective than their release from the group suggests they were given credit for by Harte and his management team.
Their omission raised eyebrows.
Leesiders present at Páirc Uí Rinn yesterday afternoon must have been pleased with the contributions of Eoin Cadogan and Mark Collins as Cork orchestrated a
Cadogan has not performed to his optimum for the Rebels for some time.
Yet, with his focus now primarily fixated on kicking-on with Brian Cuthbert’s side, the level of display he produced against Jim Gavin’s charges should become par for the course in 2015.
It also may rubberstamp the theory that operating at the highest levels in both codes is a non-runner in the current climate.
Additionally, Collins’ versatility could prove to be incredibly beneficial to Cork this season.
He seems primed now to show his full array of qualities this year and can be expected to develop into one of the Leesiders’ key assets.
Noel Connolly and Pat Holmes would have been extremely happy campers departing Fitzgerald Stadium following
Make no mistake about it, the duo, irrespective of the fact this is their first season at the helm, are under a semblance of internal pressure to carry this group forward in 2015 to the point Sam Maguire is attainable again.
There will be no time for ‘bedding-in’ periods.
Mayo, simply, have to hit the ground running and keep eating it up as the season evolves.
With that in mind, it was interesting to note Donal Vaughan partnered Seamus O’Shea at midfield with both players contributing 0-1 each.
Whether this is a possible longer-term plan or not, Vaughan certainly does have the attributes to thrive in the middle-third.
He is exactly the type of dynamic performer that could release Aidan O’Shea to operate even further up-field.