Cork dis­play was as close to per­fect as one will wit­ness

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MOST PEO­PLE know that I do anal­y­sis on ra­dio from time to time and I al­ways wel­come feed­back from lis­ten­ers in my con­stant pur­suit of per­fec­tion (some­thing I know will never be achieved).

Re­cently, I took time out dur­ing half-time of a broad­cast to ring a good friend from home to get his im­pres­sions on the day’s play.

Sit­ting in his car (which was sta­tion­ary at the time), the call was an­swered on hands free which trans­fers the call to the same speaker used by the ra­dio.

Whilst dis­cussing the game an­other friend of mine (still a friend) sat into the car and on hear­ing my voice as­sumed I was on ra­dio.

He im­me­di­ately com­mented ‘what bull­shit is Dempsey talk­ing to­day’ and was stuck to the ground when I replied to him.

I’ve al­ways said if you want hon­est feed­back the Al­ley is prob­a­bly the most straight talk­ing part of the county imag­in­able, al­though I be­lieve the look on his face was price­less.

Satur­day was a tough day in Nowlan Park and anal­y­sis of Wex­ford’s per­for­mance is not easy. The lead up to the game, given the loss of some star per­form­ers, was not ideal but it would be fool­ish not to ac­knowl­edge that in ev­ery as­pect, and more or less in ev­ery po­si­tion, Cork were the su­pe­rior out­fit.

Our lads never threat­ened to achieve the heights of the Gal­way dis­play and Cork pro­ceeded to give as close to per­fect a per­for­mance as one will see.

From their puck-out strat­egy to their phys­i­cal­ity both in the air and on the ground, they were awe­some.

Apart from the skill lev­els, their for­wards when in pos­ses­sion al­ways went for the jugu­lar, en­sur­ing a very un­com­fort­able af­ter­noon for our de­fence.

Their half-for­ward line played very deep to­wards their own goal, leav­ing huge space up front, and their mid­field­ers and half-backs were radar-like with de­liv­er­ies, leav­ing our de­fend­ers with the un­en­vi­able ques­tion of ‘should I stay or should I go’.

Two early goals de­spite the best ef­forts of Jack Cushe ef­fec­tively ren­dered the game over af­ter ten min­utes, and in truth I was quite taken aback by the in­ten­sity of the Cork per­for­mance.

Satur­day is a timely re­minder that we need to be at the top of our game over the next few years with re­gards to our un­der-age coach­ing struc­ture if we are to re­main com­pet­i­tive.

Any­one that has ever put on a jersey has ex­pe­ri­enced a ‘noth­ing goes right day’ like Satur­day and I have seen enough of this group of lads to say that they have the char­ac­ter to bounce back and many will rep­re­sent the county at Se­nior level over the next few years. The Gal­way game will still be the hurl­ing high­light of the year, so keep the faith lads.

To things lo­cally, and the de­ci­sion to fix club games that will see some play­ers play twice in cham­pi­onship within a week of rep­re­sent­ing their county in a na­tional semi-fi­nal is ridicu­lous.

It ap­pears now that the club is en­ti­tled to no con­sid­er­a­tion or pri­or­ity and as for player burn-out, I’m sure we will have the usual lip ser­vice paid to that next De­cem­ber and Jan­uary when there’s noth­ing else to dis­cuss.

I could write 20 ar­ti­cles on this sub­ject, but surely the club de­serves time to pre­pare and re­cover. If we don’t pro­tect our club game, be­lieve you me it will come back to bite us.

Fi­nally, I note that some are tak­ing ex­cep­tion to hurl­ing peo­ple glo­ri­fy­ing the beauty of the sport.

Some­times I think we can go a lit­tle over the top but we have a short win­dow this sum­mer to pro­mote the game and we must max­imise our value pro­mo­tion-wise.

Af­ter all, if it’s ok to re­fer to soc­cer as the beau­ti­ful game, surely it’s not push­ing it too hard to say what we have seen this sum­mer is ex­cep­tional and unique.

Our ex­po­sure is min­i­mal com­pared to that of soc­cer, so keep pro­mot­ing, Ken McGrath.

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