We have live score commentary updates from this afternoons senior hurling All-Ireland semi-final between Dublin v Cork, we also preview the match and have the latest team news. Throw in 3;30pm.
It’s the first of two novel semi-final pairings. On Sunday evening, either Cork or Dublin will be looking forward to an All-Ireland final. Both sides will fancy their chances and it promises to be a great contest. Cork will be full of confidence having been the team to finally eliminate Kilkenny from the championship while Dublin will have also be brimming with confidence having secured the Leinster hurling title.
Dublin will look to dominate the game physically. They will look to their half-back line for inspiration and their attack has also functioned well this season. Cork on the other hand will attempt to put as much pace as possible on the game. It was their youth and energy that saw them defeat Kilkenny and they will try to trust what they know. There is a bit of a contrast in styles and it will be interesting to see which style wins out.
It’s a very tough game to call. There are a variety of outcomes possible and I think it’s safe to say that whatever scenario occurs people won’t be overly surprised. Cork being Cork, will expect to win the game while Dublin will either thrive or succumb to the pressure of playing in front of their home crowd.
Dublin: Gary Maguire, Niall Corcoran, Peter Kelly, Paul Schutte, Stephen Hiney, Liam Rushe, Michael Carton, John McCaffrey, Joey Boland, Conal Keaney, Ryan O’Dwyer, Danny Sutcliffe, David O’Callaghan, Paul Ryan, David Treacy
Cork: Anthony Nash, Stephen McDonnell, Shane O’Neill, Conor O’Sullivan, Tom Kenny, Christopher Joyce, William Egan, Lorcan McLoughlin, Daniel Kearney, Seamus Harnedy, Jamie Coughlan, Patrick Cronin, Luke O’Farrell, Patrick Horgan, Conor Lehane
Players to Watch
Patrick Horgan – Cork
Horgan is vital to Cork’s chances. He is their marquee forward and biggest scoring threat. If Horgan could develop a style to bring other forwards into the game that bit more, then Cork would be a serious force. He will need more support but at the same time, he needs to keep up his high level of performance.
Peter Kelly – Dublin
He will more than likely be handed the task of trying to nullify Horgan’s influence and if he can succeed in this, it could put Dublin in a great position. Unless Cork’s forwards begin to carry a greater threat, they will struggle unless Horgan fires on all cylinders. Kelly has the ability to curb his influence and Dublin need him to perform.
Liam Rushe – Dublin
At centre-back he is turning into Dublin’s most important player. He is the leader of the team now that he is being left in the central position. He is an inspirational player and Dublin need him to deliver on the big stage.
The bookmakers have it listed straight down the middle which is understandable. It’s very tough to call. I fancy Cork. I just think they are in a stronger place mentally. One bet that caught my eye is ‘no goalscorer’ at 10/1. Cork are yet to score or concede a goal in the championship and it could be worth a punt.
|Dublin – Dublin|
|Cork – Dublin|
|Draw – Dublin|
|Dublin – Draw|
|Cork – Draw|
|Draw – Draw|
|Cork – Cork|
|Dublin – Cork|
|Draw – Cork|