We have live score commentary updates from Cork and Galway you meet in the Fourth Round of the All Ireland Senior Football Qualifiers, at Croke Park, this Saturday at 5pm.
Both of these counties are still involved in the hurling championship as well, and the hopes of a double will be over for one of them on Saturday night. Cork were the last team to achieve the double in 1990, and Galway are one of the few others capable of doing likewise.
Galway were expected to show vast improvement this season but a hammering against Mayo in the Connacht Championship brought them crashing back to earth. To their credit, the Tribesmen have recovered to beat Tipperary, Waterford and Armagh. The win against the Orchard County last weekend was a huge surprise and seems to have awakened a sleeping giant.
Cork fielded an experimental team against Kerry in the Munster Final, and were outplayed in the first half. After introducing the tried and tested players at the interval, the team upped their game considerably after the restart. If that Cork team turns up on Saturday, they will be too strong.
Galway – Manus Breathnach; Donal O’Neill, Finian Hanley, Johnny Duane; Sean Denvir, Gary O’Donnell, Gary Sice; Paul Conroy, Tom Flynn; John O’Brien, Sean Armstrong, Conor Doherty; Michael Martin, Michael Meehan, Danny Cummins.
Cork – Alan Quirke; Eoin Cadogan, Michael Shields, Thomas Clancy (Clonakilty); Damien Cahalane, Graham Canty, James Loughrey; Alan O’Connor, Pearse O’Neill; Mark Collins, Aidan Walsh, John O’Rourke; Daniel Goulding, Ciaran Sheehan, Brian Hurley.
Players To Watch
Michael Meehan leads the Galway challenge and has been a tremendous talent over the past decade. Ciaran Sheehan will need a big game for Cork.
Cork should prove too strong and end the Galway dream of All Ireland success. But Galway plus 5pts at 11/10 looks a big price.